Photo exhibition in Peru protesting at Shahidul Alam’s arrest

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:56, Aug 27,2018


Shahidul Alam. -- New Age file photo

Alta Tecnología Andina and Cultural Center Ricardo Palma have jointly organised a photography exhibition in Peru as a form of protests against the arrest of internationally acclaimed photographer, academic and activist Shahidul Alam.
The exhibition titled ‘Shahidul Alam: a voice from the shadows’ seeks to attract the attention of the public to the committed work of this Bengali photographer and activist and to promote solidarity with him.
This anthological exhibition covers the works of Shahidul Alam, also founder of Drik Picture Library Limited.
In the past 30 years, he developed a broad work both in education and in the promotion of an ethical and committed attitude with regards to the problems that affect societies in invisible areas of the world, the release said.
The exhibition summarises his career as a photojournalist, in Bangladesh and around the world. The themes captured by Shahidul Alam’s lens include the process of democracy and the precarious political life in Bangladesh, the everyday subsistence in the city and in the countryside, natural disasters of Bangladesh, as well as a selection of personalities in the world, such as Nelson Mandela, philanthropist and activist Abdus Sattar Edhi and feminist writer Talisma Nasrin.
This anthology also includes a selection of ‘crossfire’, an exhibition that explores the issue of extrajudicial killings in Bangladesh offering an allegorical view of the facts.
Exhibition curators José-Carlos Mariátegui and Jorge Villacorta stated, ‘We are sure that it will be the first of a number of exhibitions around the world. If the Bangladeshi government tries to silence Alam, its powerful images will speak for him.’
The exhibition is part of a larger initiative of Alta Tecnología Andina to disseminate the work of Shahidul Alam in Peru and Latin America and a way to protest for the violation of his rights as an individual evincing the limit the freedom of speech that exists in Bangladesh, they said.
A short version of the exhibition is touring around Peru in events such as ‘National Convention of Visual Arts’ (Trujillo) and ‘Disobedience – memory’s cultural agitation in two acts’, they said.
The exhibition was inaugurated on August 24, 2018 at Raúl Porras Barrenechea Hall. It will be available for viewing till September 9, 2018.
Shahidul Alam, 63, has been in jail after a seven-day remand following his arrest on August 5.
He was picked up from his house by plainclothes police on August 5 soon after he gave an interview to Al Jazeera about the student demonstrations, which he documented and commented about it on Facebook live.
His arrest drew condemnation from local and international rights groups.
Shahidul was accused of making ‘false’ and ‘provocative’ statements as tens of thousands of students protested in Dhaka for road safety and justice.

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