9 February 2018

Salvatore Vitale & Sarker Protick – The Narrative Impulse

“Word, image, and sound all must have primacy in the development of the narrative.” – Fred Ritchin

The workshop is open to photographers and artists interested in exploring the varied possibilities of storytelling and the use of photography combined with other media. In the era of so-called democratization of the media and the overabundance of visual content, it’s important to reflect on the necessity and strategy of telling a certain story. Each story presents different possibilities of language and narrative suggested both by its context and the author’s influences.The participants will be invited to explore, research, produce and present a narrative using the environment and resources available at the campus or surrounding territories. Drawing inspiration from the different backgrounds and approaches of the workshop tutors, the participants will be encouraged to start from their intuition and arrive at a structure through research and the production process. Together, we will discuss the choice of best possible methodologies, strategies and tools to define the chosen subject and articulate a coherent narrative. The possibilities are many and include working with sound, text, archive, etc.The works produced during the workshop will be presented as part of the final exhibition. Along with the photographic material, the form of installation will be treated as a key part of the process.

 

14 January 2018

The Life of Things (Jan – Apr 2018)

Kevin Fee (Singapore), Lim Sokchanlina (Cambodia), Phan Thao-Nguyen (Vietnam), Sarker Protick (Bangladesh), Sim Chi Yin (Singapore), and UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam)

Objects and places are repositories of history and conduits of memory, associated with experiences both personal and collective. While they are material things with physical attributes, they also have symbolic qualities that represent abstract ideas, signal emotion, and in the case of animistic belief systems, possess energies that people powerfully relate to.

In three exhibitions around Esplanade, artists from Singapore and the region present new and recent photographs, paintings, sculpture, video and installations. Broad in historical and geographical scope, these artworks uncover ways that colonial legacies, geopolitical tensions, and urban development leave material traces of their existence on things and places. In these exhibitions, objects and landscapes become discursive sites for the expression and interpretation of competing historical narratives and the complexities of contemporary experience.

 

8 January 2018

The Life of Things (Jan – Apr 2018)

Kevin Fee (Singapore), Lim Sokchanlina (Cambodia), Phan Thao-Nguyen (Vietnam), Sarker Protick (Bangladesh), Sim Chi Yin (Singapore), and UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam)

The works in this exhibition engage with the colonial legacies and independence narratives of the region to draw attention to obscured histories and landscapes, while imagining alternatives to accepted truths. Sarker Protick has been exploring and photographing regions that witnessed extensive migration of minority populations after the 1947 partition of India and the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. His series Exodus focuses on the little-documented districts abandoned during that time by Hindu landlords who left East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh), in part due to confiscation of their properties via controversial land acts. These derelict, once-monumental feudal buildings have now been taken over by nature and enveloped into the daily life of the villages that surround them.

Public Programmes
Join the artists of The Life of Things as they speak about their work and practice in this series of talks, moderated by curator Sam I-shan.

Artist Talk by Sarker Protick (Bangladesh) for Relics
20 Jan 2018, Sat
2 – 3pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

2 August 2017

‘Astres Noirs’ exhibition at Paris Photo 2017.

 

1 August 2017

Der Greif has been selected by curator Lars Willumeit and Unseen’s artistic director Emilia van Lynden as one of 13 international organisations to participate in this year’s new section CO-OP at Unseen Amsterdam (22-24 September 2017).

Taking the jubilee issue #10 of Der Greif as the starting point, a selection of 24 photographers shown in the issue was asked to invite a photographer of their choice to submit a photograph that ‘reacts’ to theirs. This started a chain of invited photographers whose work responded to the previous image shown, and so forth. This chain reaction prompts photographers to interact with one another and for the audience to be able to visualise this dynamic ‘network’ of image threads developing.

For CO-OP, Der Greif brings this thread of images into the physical space, making it fully accessible for the audience to interact with. The images are presented in a grid, produced as blocks of postcards in A5 size. The images are positioned centrally on the paper in such a way that both landscape and portrait formats work within the grid. Visitors are, depending on certain conditions, allowed to take one (or more) image with them. Thus, the project creates a juxtaposition between the ‘virtual space’, a “market” where the image threads are produced and the physical space where the collection of images are displayed, but where certain images will diminuish according to how many are taken away by visitors. Each image is printed 25 times and remains visible until all 25 copies have been removed by the audience. A removed image creates an empty space within the grid-hanging that still refers to the once physically present image. Once an image has been removed completely in the physical space, it will also marked as being removed on the website, thus the online space ‘reacts’ to the physical space and viewers online can see the audience’s reactions in the space. The images’ presentation clearly engages with the photograph as a reproducible medium and simultaneously questions the different “values” of a photographic image. The project wants to foster this discussion, especially during a photography fair.

http://threadcount.dergreif-online.de/#/index

12 July 2017

‘Out of time’

20/07/2017 – 5 pm
Language: English
Fachhochschule Dortmund
Auditorium, Department of Design
Max-Ophüls-Platz 2
44137 Dortmund

The lecture will concentrate on the exploration of time as a basis of the medium and as a metaphysical foundation for photographic work and inspiration.

 

11 July 2017

Contemporary Bangladesh, India and Pakistan were formed after decades of conflict, partition and socio-political movements that took place across the region from 1905–12 and 1947–71. The Bengal region has a recorded history of four millennia and a rich cultural and social history. Even as they are divided by national borders, the countries have much in common because of their shared pasts and inextricably connected futures.

Taking the struggles for independence as the starting point, this exhibition features the works of seminal and emerging photographers and filmmakers from Bangladesh and West Bengal in India. Their works are part of the visual developments of wider Bengal, conveying the turbulence and pain in its history, and touching on the complexity of social issues and diverse range of lived experiences within this region.

Co-curated by artists Sarker Protick and Munem Wasif (Bangladesh), Bengal Divided is an ongoing research and exhibition project first presented at the 2017 Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography, which has been specially adapted for the Esplanade Tunnel.

Artists:

Arko Datto (India), Jannatul Mawa (Bangladesh), Kushal Ray (India), Rashid Talukder (Bangladesh), Ronny Sen (India), Samsul Alam Helal (Bangladesh), Shahidul Alam (Bangladesh), Qaushiq Mukherjee aka Q (India), Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud (Bangladesh)

Public Programmes
Artist Talk by Sarker Protick and Munem Wasif (Bangladesh)
14 Jul 2017, Fri
7 – 8.30pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

1 April 2017

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Origin – Light Chamber at Chobimela IX 2017. The documentaion video can be seen here in HD

19 February 2017

“Astres Noirs” won the Australian Photobook of the Year Award.

If we look at the tradition of Music, ‘Jamming Session’/ Alap is a very fundamental component of the practice and quit unique too as no other medium usually creates that form of synergy. ‘Jamming’ builds a connection between the minds of the performers and flows without any predefined structure or plan. The fellow artists see each others eyes, the body and the movement of the hand, picks up when the other stops and continue. Like entangled particles.

These photographs were created almost in a similar manner, unknowingly of how it may transform. Thanks to Chose Commune who listened to them carefully and willing to create a space/book to record that session.

The first edition is now sold out but a second edition will be released this April. More darker (and with 12 hidden images).

6 November 2016

‘Of River and Lost Lands’ will be shown at Dispatches – Live News Through Art: An Exhibit from The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Partnership with the Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting.

Dispatches gathers and generates artistic responses to the news by 34 contemporary artists and photojournalists. The exhibition includes a survey of works from 2010 – present and launches a series of commissions, or “dispatches” on current events and the critical issues of our time.

The art works emerge from within and in defiance of today’s media landscape, ranging from real-time coverage to deliberately slow and analog forms. They enlarge our collective capacity to sensitively receive stories delivered in today’s unevenly regulated and fast flow of news. They decelerate the speed of information. Or, they organize collective efforts toward a more humanizing interaction.

Dispatches is divided into five thematic zones: Post-9-11 Realities; Borders and Migrations; Ecological Justice; New Forms of Social Action; and the 2016 US Presidential Election. An exhibition is a forum—one of the few public commons designed to cultivate our ethical and civic capacities to grapple with what is happening in our world. Dispatches invites you to enliven this forum and say something.

Dispatches educational outreach is realized in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit journalism organization dedicated to raising awareness of under-reported global issues through direct support for journalism and educational outreach.