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Andrew Biraj lenses catastrophe and struggle

Update : 23 Apr 2014, 06:40 PM

Remembering the first year anniversary of the disastrous incident of Rana Plaza, Andrew Biraj, one of the country’s prominent photographers arranged a solo photography exhibition titled Bonded Stitches & Struggle at three venues of the country including Drik Gallery of Dhanmondi, Savar Central Hospital of Savar and Chhobir Haat of Shahbagh from April 23 to May 1.

Andrew has captured the distress of various tragic incidents that has befallen on the labourers of the country including the Spectrum collapse, the fire incident at the factories owned by Ha Meem Group and Tazrin Fashion and last year's tragic accident of Rana Plaza collapse with the highest dead count.

The documentary based photography exhibition portrayed the photos covering a quantity of garments disasters and the workers’ struggle with the law enforcement for their demands and rights. Each photo of the exhibition narrates the heartache or the gut-wrenching story behind the image. Even after a year of the Rana Plaza incident, Andrew's photographs hold the power to awaken emotions among the spectators. The photos raise the crucial questions about the fair wage of the garments workers and the working conditions they are exposed to, they provide a window to the harsh realities that is faced by these labourers on a day-to-day basis.

Amirul Rajiv, the curator of the exhibition said: “We arranged the exhibition with the aim of raising a mass awareness among the people of the country, not just among a handful of middle class intellectuals. So, we are showcasing the photos at the three different venues where people from all spheres of the society will have access to view the truth as it is.” 

Before the inauguration of the photography exhibition, a discussion was held at the Drik Gallery premises where Heather Cruden, the Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Gerben Sjoerd de Jong, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Jesmine Akhter, a survivor of Rana Plaza, Anu Mohammad, economist & activist and others expressed their concern over the workplace safety of garments workers and minimum standard of living.

The photos in this exhibition, whether they focus on the tragic consequences of disasters or on the more mundane daily realities, remind us that for the workers, the garment sector is their life.

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