Photography show relives Rana Plaza tragedy

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 24,2019 | Updated: 18:36, Apr 27,2019


One of the photographs displayed at the show. — Press Release

Bangladesh Garments Sramik Sanghati (BGSS) will organise a photography show today marking the sixth anniversary of Rana Plaza tragedy.

The show will be held at the site where the building once stood.

The event will display seven photographs by renowned photographer Taslima Akhter, who captured the horrifying aftermath of collapse of the nine-storey Rana Plaza in Savar on April 24, 2013, which left more than 1,134 apparel workers dead and many others wounded.

The show was also held on April 19, followed by a protest programme where Bangladesh Garments Sramik Sanghati leaders called for punishment of Sohel Rana, the owner of Rana Plaza.

The exhibition was organised by Bangladesh Garments Workers Solidarity that showcased Taslima Akhter’s work on the half-forgotten memories of the collapse. Taslima while working on the issue drew inspiration from New York-based photographer and president of the Magnum Foundation Susan Meiselas’ work on revolutionary Nicaragua, titled ‘Reframing History.’

All seven photographs were displayed at the sites they were captured.

Rahela Khatun, mother of Fazle Rabbi who died in the tragedy, inaugurated the exhibition, which also displayed a few photographs of the activities of Bangladesh Garments Sramik Sanghati in the last six years.

Among Taslima Akhter’s photographs, one of the most haunting photos of the Rana Plaza Tragedy was of the two victims in a final embrace in the rubble.

Other photographs show the rescue works, teary relatives waiting beside the rubble with photographs of their dear ones.

‘We must look back at these photographs so that we feel uncomfortable and don’t forget the deaths of thousands of dreams,’ said Taslima Akhter.

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