Pathshala opens the door for ‘Expanded’

Exhibition underway at DrikPath Bhobon

Cultural Desk : dhakamirror.com

In the capital’s DrikPath Bhobon at Panthapath, the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute on Friday officially opened an exhibition named Expanded.

The show, which has been organized to celebrate World Photography Day, August 19, features the works of eight emerging photographers from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

The photographers are, namely Uma Bista from Nepal, Tavish Gunasena from Sri Lanka, Vamika Jain from India, Nad-e-Aly from Pakistan, Mehbuba Hasan from Bangladesh, Mayank Makhija from India, Riti Sengupta from India and Hadi Uddin from Bangladesh.

The works on display in the exhibition were produced over the course of a year-long mentorship program in association with VII Academy and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.

In order to diversify their outputs during the Covid-19 pandemic, the photographers worked online with their mentors. The curators of the exhibition are Sarker Protick and Samsul Alam Hela

Mehbuba Hasan has pushed her personal limits and portrayed what self-image and self-worth means to her in her self-portrait series named The “F” Word. She chose to make the self-portraits series, which consists of 10 photos of her body, after years of receiving criticism for her weight from others.

Nine experiences of Nepali women are depicted in Uma Bista’s art, which highlights how society ignores their identities. Three pictures are used by Bista to convey the tale of Shanta Devi Poudel, among the stories. The narrative describes how, following marriage, her life got challenging.

The calamities of both climate change and humankind are depicted in Hadi Uddin’s photography series named Climate’s Calamity. His photographs demonstrate the Koyra people’s resilience and fortitude in their ongoing battle against climate change and calamities.

In addition, Pathshala is holding Pathshala Photo Week from August 20 to August 27 for the first time, which includes meet-ups with peers, friends, and experts in the field as well as artist talks, gallery walks, seminars and exchanges.

The display will remain visible to public from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm till August 27.

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