Pathshala South Asian Media Institute is organising an exhibition inauguration titled ‘Expanded’ on 19 August 2022, Time: 5:30 PM at DrikPath Bhobon. The exhibition is curated by Sarker Protick and Samsul Alam Helal and will showcase the works of eight emerging photographers from South Asia. The works were produced during a year-long mentorship programme in collaboration with VII Academy and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.

The photographers of the exhibition are Hadi Uddin, Mayank Makhija, Mehbuba Mahzabeen Hasan, Nad-E-Ali, Riti Sengupta, Tavish Gunasena, Uma Bista, and Vamika Jain.

Apart from the exhibition, we will host ‘Pathshala Photo Week’ featuring artist talk, gallery walk, education seminars & exchanges, and meet-ups with peers, friends & industry professionals.

Exhibition Details: Inaguartion: 19 August 2022 Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Level 8, DrikPath Bhobon, 16 Sukrabad, Panthapath, Dhaka 1207

The exhibition is open to the public from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm every day until 20 to 27 August 2022.

When the year-long collaboration between Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and VII Academy began in early 2021, our focus was centered on the portrayal of regionally, ecologically, socially, and personally meaningful stories from the perspective of young photographers of South Asia. A crucial aspect of the work that emanated from this joint effort was the significance of research in shaping visual storytelling, a firsthand of which we witnessed as these 8 artists narrated their long-term projects and, whilst doing so, created diverse research materials to further shape their stories.

Unprepared for the restrictions that the onset of the second wave of the Covid pandemic had brought to their respective regions, many were confined within their homes. However, this created an incredible opportunity – to explore (and expand into) into each artist’s distinctive realities.

From the diverse regions of Lahore, New Delhi, Bhopal, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kolkata, and Colombo, we see eight stories that powerfully and intimately manifest the probing of self-image and worth through the body, women’s identity, and the boundaries that confine it, the delicate relationship between motherhood and marriage, the loss of a parent and grief, the fragility of ecology, the overwhelming impact of climate change, and the struggle of farmers in the eye of political crisis. Collectively, these stories provide a lens to realizing the urgency of personal storytelling and an expanded narrative of South Asia.

Sarker Protick
Course leader
New Waves of Documentary, Practice as Research

Programme Mentors:

Linda Bournane Engelberth (Norway)
Stefano de Luigi (France)
Sarker Protick (Bangladesh)

Programme Schedule

Day 1
19 August 2022
Exhibition Inauguration | Time: 5:30 PM

Day 2
20 August 2022
Gallery walk with artists | Time: 5:00 PM

Documentary Photography: Looking back, looking ahead:
A conversation between Abir Abdullah, Munem Wasif, and Taslima Akhter Lima moderated by Sarker Protick | Time: 7:00 PM

Day 3
21 August 2022
Alumni United
Artist Talk by Debashish Chakrabarty | Time: 7:00 PM

Day 4
22 August 2022
Friends of Pathshala
Artist Talk by Reetu Sattar | Time: 7:00 PM

Day 5
23 August 2022
Professional Exchange
Artist Talk by KM Asad | Time: 7:00 PM

Day 6
24 August 2022
Photography Club Day
Artist Talk by Syed Latif Hossain | Time: 7:00 PM

Day 7
25 August 2022
Education day
A conversation with Saiful Huq Omi moderated by Jannatul Mawa | Time: 7:00 PM