New Photography from Bangladesh

New Photography from Bangladesh

The Bangladeshi American Creative Collective (BACC) is proud to present Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh,   on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts from October 15, 2015, to February 14, 2016.  We teeter on moments of change, brought by forces that reach in and push out. Memories checker our thoughts; we wonder what decisions will be carved into the borders that frame our histories, and futures. What hangs in the balance, what will reach its limit, and where? And afterward, what tokens will we be left with: a hesitant embrace, a scar, a burst of light? Our stories weave in and out of these visions. With the rise of factories, investors, and development, the landscape of Bangladesh is changing.

New Photography from Bangladesh

The spotlight has been turned on, and the people are trying to figure out what it means for them. This exhibition will feature nine Bangladeshi photographers whose work reflects a diverse group of people, shifting economies, and changing lands.  Its aim is not only to collect and exhibit photography as art; but also as ideas about the country of Bangladesh.  These photos navigate the stories of its people, landscapes, and its position in the world. Most importantly, the works provide viewers with perspectives of artists that are connected to the places they are capturing. We are proud to be collaborating with a cultural institution that is exploring the documentation of its own changing home, the borough of the Bronx, which is home to a growing generation of new Bangladeshi Americans. We hope to open important discussions around the meaning of changes, shifts, and transitions across generations and communities.

Samsul Alam Helal photography

Samsul Alam Helal

Love Studio is a portrait series about a studio in Jurain, Dhaka. This is a commercial area and it is home to numerous industries. Many who work here strive for a better life but nothing changes in their world, and life continues in the same way. For them, the studio offers a chance to perform any role they want, to escape from reality. The scenic backdrops are versatile: people from all walks of life can become a hero, a king, or act out their dreams and hopes.

Samsul Alam Helal photography

Samsul Alam Helal is a documentary photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He completed his graduation in photography from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Helal wants to tell the stories of people, especially minority groups and the neglected class. Through his photographs, he explores their identity, dreams, and longings to raise our curiosity and questions. He often likes to stage in a studio setup where dramatic moods and vibrant colors are loudly presented. In opposition to mere fiction, Helal’s work represents reality in an alternate space.

samsul alam helal

His work has been exhibited at Noorderlicht Photofestival 2015 Netherland, Singapore photo festival 2014, Eyes On Bangladesh 2014 New York, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art 2013 Sunderland, Chobi Mela International Photography Festival 2013 Bangladesh, Festival of Promenades Photographiques 2013 France, 8th Angkor Photo Festival 2012 Cambodia, Delhi Photo Festival 2011 India, Longitude Latitude 4 An Art Happening in Old Dhaka 2010 Bangladesh, and Senses Seven at Dhaka Art Centre 2012, Bangladesh. His work has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines, such as CNN, 6mois, Depart, Daily Star, Udvikling, and Better Photography.

life strong in slums

Life: Born in a Slum

Sajila is a working mother living in the Korail slum in Dhaka city. Her family consists of her husband, mother-in-law, and three children (two daughters and a son). As her husband cannot afford all the maintenance of the family alone, Sajila works as a day laborer to support him.

life strong in slums

This growing community is quite unable to afford city healthcare. When in need, they look forward to semi-trained quacks which results in death or physical disability. Mothers in such poor urban communities give birth in an outdated way even though safe childbirth is a right to every mother in our time. Sajila is expecting her fourth child, but cannot avail the proper medical support an expecting mother should get.

Sajila finally decides to give birth to her child under the supervision of a midwife. She believes, if she has God by her side, she will make it safely, for all her three children have been born this way.

Born in a Slum

Saikat Mojumder (b. 1984) has a special interest in exploring environmental, social, and human rights issues and culture. His major photography works include Geneva Camp: Where Dreams Are Restrained, Jeopardize Forest, Animal Sacrifice on Durga Puja, and Life: Born in a Slum. He achieved the Ian Parry Scholarship, as well as the Excellence Award from China International Press Photo Contest.