A photography exhibition explores cultural diversity and urban life

A visitor looks at photographs displayed at Aneek Mustafa Anwar’s ongoing solo exhibition at Kala Kendra in Mohammadpur in the capital. – Press release

Photographer Aneek Mustafa Anwar has explored the culture and lifestyle of people living in different countries, city life and more in his ongoing solo exhibition at Kala Kendra in Mohammadpur in the capital.

The exhibition titled The Transient was jointly organized by the German Embassy in Dhaka and Kalakendra. It includes five photo sets, namely Remembrance, Pushkar Mela, Berlin, Urban Jungle and The Celluloid Story.

The series titled Remembrance features photographs of her grandmother’s memories. Aneek Mustafa Anwar exhibited 18 photographs of everyday objects, namely glasses, cup, comb, teapot, shoes and others, used by his grandmother along with a video of his grandmother.

The series entitled Berlin includes 15 photographs illustrating the culture and lifestyle of the people of Berlin, the city’s nightlife and more. Aneek took the photos while on a three-month fellowship program in Germany.

The Pushkar Mela series gives audiences a glimpse of a three-week cattle fair held annually in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. Aneek exhibited 30 photographs as part of the series. The photographs show colorful performances by artists at the fair, the culture and way of life of the people of the Thar Desert and others.

The series titled Urban Jungle contains nine photographs, which show people living in urban areas pursuing recreational activities in public parks dominated by concrete structures.

Photographs show people taking selfies with artificial animals in parks, resting next to concrete structures, and more.

The series titled The Celluloid Story contains 30 photographs illustrating the crises facing the film industry in Dhaka.

The photographs show cinemas being demolished to make way for high-rise commercial buildings, low audience participation in cinemas, a lack of quality films and the like.

“It’s my first personal exhibition and I’m happy because it was well received by the public. Kalakendra provides platforms for up-and-coming young artists to showcase their talent. We need more galleries like Kalakendra. I thank my curator Wakilur Rahman and my teacher and colleague Saiful Huq Omi for supporting me during my journey,” said Aneek Mustafa Anwar.

The exhibition, which opened on September 23, will end on October 10.

Tracey L. Sweeney