Photographer GMB Akash sheds light on the sufferings of the marginalised people in his ongoing solo show at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka.
Through the 30 displayed photographs the show titled ‘Unseen in Our Sight: Dalits in Bangladesh’ tells the story of a community deprived of basic human rights including justice and equality, face discrimination in the society because of their occupation and birth identity and have little or no access to basic amenities.
Akash has visited Dalit communities in Narayanganj and Dhaka, and has documented their everyday life through his lens.
An eye-catching photograph on display at the exhibition shows a place used for washing of clothes and utensils in a Dalit slum in Dhaka. Women are seen fetching water from the well with dirt and waste scattered everywhere. The photo depicts the vulnerable environment in a Dalit slum which poses many health risks to its occupants.
Water is scarce in the Dalit localities. The little water they get after waiting in long queues for hours are often polluted. A displayed photo at the exhibition shows a woman collecting water from a tap in a bucket and she is using a sieve to filter out dirt from the water. Perhaps she dreams of a day when her child will be judged not based on his birth identity but on his qualities.
Despite all the difficulties in their lives, the marginalised people still dream for a better future. A displayed photo shows a child celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi. Another photo shows a little boy reading a book while his mother looks at him with content.
‘A picture is worth a thousand words. I hope that the government will do something to save these people,’ Tamanna Haque, a private university student said.
The exhibition, which began on April 15, will remain open for all till April 29, except Sundays.
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