Julia Friedman writes that Transitions "offers a dark view of the forces of industrial production and globalization at work in contemporary Bangladesh," loosely organized by various themes, "each photographer’s take on the contemporary moment."
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 afterwards, 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. The spotlight has been turned on, and the people are trying to figure out what it means for them. Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh will feature nine Bangladeshi photographers whose work reflects a diverse group of people, shifting economies, and changing lands. Its aim is to 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.
Participating Artists: Arfun Ahmed, Taslima Akhter, Debashish Chakrabarty, Rasel Chowdhury, Samsul Alam Helal, Jannatul Mawa, Manir Mrittrik, Saikat Mojumder, Tapash Paul
Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh is organized by Ayesha Akhtar, co-founder of The Bangladeshi American Creative Collective (BACC) and the BACC team: Nadia Ahmad, Shama Rahman, Mahfuzul Islam, and Basma Sheea. The exhibition will travel to the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh exhibition is made possible by the Bronx Council of the Arts and individual donations.
More information about the exhibition and participating artists is available on the BACC website here.
In an interview with Ayesha Akhtar, Bangladeshi American Creative Collection (BACC) Director and Curator highlights the importance of institutions such as the Bronx Museum to provide exhibition opportunities to communities underrepresented in the arts, saying, "By bringing contemporary Bangladeshi art to a museum like this one, we want not only to increase exposure of these artists to diaspora communities, but also to open up more conversations about what it means to be a creative Bangladeshi-American."