Mr. Aly Zaker, dramatist, photographer and CEO of Asiatic MCL chaired the inaugural function and later formally opened the exhibition.
Prominent dance-artist and the Chief of Shadhona Cultural Centre Ms. Lubna Marium attended the ceremony as the Chief Guest. In her speech, she said, the photos of this exhibition will inspire all men and women, as they depict the spirit of humanity. She also said modern art is a strong medium. It can play a significant role in transforming the roles of women and men and also in acknowledging the contribution of men and women to society.
BIGD Lead Researcher Dr. Sohela Nazneen delivered welcome speech and gave a background of the photo exhibition. Ms. Farah Kabir, Country Director, Actionaid Bangladesh concluded the inaugural session.
The photo exhibition, organised in partnership with Actionaid Bangladesh and Dhaka Art Center, is the first of its kind in Bangladesh. The exhibition showcases works by 21 professional and amateur photographers, containing over 90 photos and 2 videos. These photos depict stories of ordinary men from all over Bangladesh, who cook, clean, help their wives, parents, siblings, take care of children and the elderly everyday as an integral part of their lives. In most families in Bangladesh, women and girls perform these tasks, spending about on an average 6 hours a day. The demand for care work at home limits women and girl's time for engaging in full time employment outside the home, continuing education, working in jobs that require travel, and having leisure time.
The photos are stories and images of love, affection, care, that challenge our very ideas about: men’s work; women’s role and work; what everyday expressions of love look like; and why unpaid care work and masculinity are issues that we need to think about.
The Exhibition will remain open till Thursday 28 August, 2014 from 3-8 PM.