Panoramic photography exhibition ‘Stand Up Dhaka’ starts from Friday

The book launch and opening ceremony of the solo panoramic photography exhibition “Stand Up Dhaka” by artist Bashir Ahmed Sujan, organized by Duniyadari Archive, will take place on Friday, May 13 at La Gallerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka , Dhanmondi.

The director general of the National Museum of Bangladesh, Khondoker Mostafizur Rahman, will grace the occasion as the chief guest, a press release said.

Prominent photographer Nasir Ali Mamun will attend the event as a special guest. François Grosjean, director of the Alliance Française de Dhaka and the architect Nurur Rahman Khan will also participate in the event as guest of honour.

“Stand Up, Dhaka” takes a new approach to exhibition and bookmaking in terms of format and gallery design. This is the first vertical panoramic photography exhibition in Bangladesh. The images were presented in the gallery in a unique approach.

The custom-made, near-human-scale photographs resemble the cityscapes of Dhaka. The photographer started working on the project in 2006. The photographs in the exhibition and the book contain images up to 2015 with some images from the Covid-19 lockdown. Amirul Rajiv and Naim Ul Hasan are the curator of the exhibition and the publisher of the book, the press release adds.

Bashir Ahmed Sujan is a Bangladeshi photographer based in Dhaka. He is a member of Map Photo Agency and has worked for various national and international organizations for over two decades. Her previous publications are ‘An Unknown Dusk’ (2007), ‘The Crochet Village’ (2010) and ‘Britto’ a collaboration with Map photographers (2003).

The exhibition will be open from Friday May 13 to Saturday May 21. Visiting hours are Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tracey L. Sweeney