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Peru stands in solidarity with Shahidul Alam

  • Published at 10:33 pm August 27th, 2018
Exhibition of Shahidul Alam’s photography at Raúl Porras Barrenechea Hall in Peru
Exhibition of Shahidul Alam’s photography at Raúl Porras Barrenechea Hall in Peru Courtesy

This photographic exhibition is a form of protest for the recent arrest of internationally acclaimed photographer, academic and activist, Shahidul Alam

Alta Tecnología Andina (ATA) and the Cultural Center Ricardo Palma came together toorganize a photographic exhibition titled, “Shahidul Alam: A voice from the shadows.”The exhibition was inaugurated on August 24, at Raúl Porras Barrenechea Hall ofRicardo Palma Cultural Centre in Lima, Perú. 

This photographic exhibition is a form of protest for the recent arrest of internationally acclaimed photographer, academic and activist, Shahidul Alam. The organizers of this exhibition believe that locking Shahidul Alam up is a violation of his rights as an individual, which only evinces the limitation of freedom of speech in Bangladesh.

Curator José-Carlos Mariátegui and Jorge Villacorta states: “This exhibition seeks to attract the attention of the public to the committed work of this Bengali photographer and activist and to promote solidarity with him. 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.” 

This anthological exhibition covers the work of Shahidul Alam. The themes captured by his lens include the process of democracy and the precarious politic life in Bangladesh, the everyday subsistence in the city and in the countryside, and natural disasters.A selective portrayal of personalities in the world, such as Nelson Mandela, philanthropist and activist Abdus Sattar Edhi and feminist writer Taslima Nasrin are some noteworthy pieces of the exhibition. This anthology also includes a selection of “Crossfire,” an exhibition that explores the issue of extrajudicial killings in Bangladesh by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) offering an allegorical view of the facts.

Shahidul Alam was arrested on August 5 after his interview with Al Jazeera where the acclaimed photographer criticized the government’s oppression during the student movement for road safety in Dhaka.

The exhibition will be available for viewing till September 9.