Group show celebrates fatherhood

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 00:00, Mar 11,2019 | Updated: 22:47, Mar 10,2019


Visitors look at displayed photographs at the exhibition. — Abdullah Apu

A two-day group photography exhibition celebrating fatherhood ended on Sunday at Zainul Gallery of Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
The exhibition titled ‘Swedish Dads and Bangladeshi Babas’ was jointly organised by UN Women Bangladesh and Swedish Embassy in Bangladesh.
The exhibition featured photographs taken by Swedish photographer Johan Bavman along with photographs depicting Bangladeshi fathers in care giving roles. The Bangladeshi photographs were selected by a jury panel from hundreds of submission from across the country.
The exhibition featured a total of 47 photographs comprising 25 photographs by Johan Bavman and 22 by Bangladeshi photographers.
Swedish ambassador in Bangladesh Charlotta Schlyter and country representative of UN Women Bangladesh Shoko Ishikawa jointly inaugurated the exhibition on Saturday.
A displayed photograph by Johan Bavman shows an artist named Loui, who had taken twelve-month parental leave, spending time with his son.
Johan’s other photograph shows a construction engineer, who had taken ten- month parental leave, sleeping on bed holding two of his children in his arms.
Another capture shows a probation inspector, who is on six-month parental leave, giving his two children a bath.
Local photographer Asif Ahmed’s photograph shows a father bathing his son in a lake after work. Both father and mother of the child work in a brick kiln.
Local photographer Asad Rassel’s capture shows a father feeding twin babies.
The event also featured a discussion on Saturday.
Anders Ohrstrom, head of development, at the Swedish Embassy in Bangladesh, standup comedian Naveed Mahbub and category head of hair care at Unilever Bangladesh Zaheen Islam, spoke on importance of co-parenting, the role of men in caregiving and policies that can help men attain parental leave.
‘This exhibition shows the universally valid, loving aspect of parenthood, regardless of whether you are a mother or father. I hope to inspire more men to begin reflecting on their roles as fathers and partners, which is an important step towards a more gender-balanced society. It’s good to see these stories going out to the world, where the Swedish perspective on gender equality is by no means self-evident,’ said Charlotta Schlyter.
‘UN Women believes that engaging men in the discussion on gender equality and having dialogues with them to break gender stereotypes and turning them into advocates of change is the best way forward,’ said Shoko Ishikawa.
‘Father’s have the responsibility to take care of children. If we want a better society in future, men and women will have to work together in all spheres of life,’ Simin Chowdury, an audience member, told New Age.

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