Photography Collaboration & Exchange
Photographic artists Nilupa Yasmin and Thanya Mavish (Birmingham, UK) and Waleed Zafar (Lahore, Pakistan) and Samsul Alam Helal (Dhaka, Bangladesh) are taking part in a new international digital artist exchange.
GRAIN Projects has been working with partners Tasweerghar (Pakistan’s first and only space dedicated to photography) and Pathshala Institute (the South Asia Media Institute specialising in visual arts in Bangladesh) to create this opportunity as part of Transforming Narratives, supported by the British Council.
The exchange involves artists and photographers in dialogue, creating new photography based on conversation and coming together to publish and exhibit the work via digital platforms. The dialogues and new works will focus on identity, representation and visual stories of our contemporary times. Themes will include the city, environment, family, heritage and community.
Photography is an international language, is accessible to audiences to engage and is an artform that is engaging on digital platforms. At the end of the exchange in December we will host an evening of dialogue and talks by the four artists and new partners for audiences to see the work and share in the ideas and conversation. We will also curate a digital exhibition presentation and produce a project zine featuring an edit of the conversations and work.
Transforming Narratives, is a ground-breaking project to establish Birmingham as a leading international centre for contemporary Pakistani and Bangladeshi arts, for the mutual benefit of Birmingham and cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The project is supported by Arts Council England and delivered in association with The British Council.
Image Credit: Runaway Lovers, (c) Samsul Alam Helal