Photographer Abir Abdullah has documented the impacts of climate change on the people through his photographs that were put on display at the Bay’s Bellavista in Banani. The 10-day exhibition, titled Knee Deep, features images of flood situations and the affected people. It is part of a six-month project organised by art organisation Longitude Latitude which will feature a series of exhibitions by different artistes over the course of the next four months. The curator of Longitude Latitude is Shehzad Chowdhury.
Abir Abdullah brings 18 striking portraits from the frontline of climate change in Bangladesh for the exhibition. The images show flood-effected people struggling to survive in the northern districts Kurigram and Gaibandha.
Nature has never made it easy to live in Bangladesh. The country is swamped by annual floods, with a coast battered by cyclones and tornadoes. In low-lying areas it is not unusual to be knee-deep in water in flood season.
In one of the images, there is a woman standing in knee-high water at her home, her face filled with despair and apprehension. Through this image the viewers can get a picture of how climate change is affecting the life and livelihood of the people in the region.
In another photograph, a woman is standing in waist-high water with a small child nearby. Yet another photograph shows a woman on the bank of an overflowing river.
‘Though the photographs, I wanted to show how the flood-hit people are living. I wanted to show the condition inside their homes and outside,’ said Abir.
The exhibition, which began on July 5, will remain open until July 14.
-With New Age input