Panel Talk: The Impact of Photojournalism and Contemporary Fine Art Photography on Society
Tue, Aug 21, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UICA Members: Free, Public: $5
The striking photographs on view as part of Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh navigate the stories of the Bangladeshi people, landscapes, and the country’s position in the world. On Tue, Aug 21, join UICA and a panel of experts as we investigate the ways in which fine art and journalistic photography have contributed to Bangladesh’s shifting attitudes and social and political reform and explore photography’s role in 21st century activism both globally and nationally.
Ayesha Akhtar, Transitions Exhibition Curator
Ayesha Akhtar is and artist and writer born in Bangladesh, and grew up in the Bronx. While growing up she didn't have a strong community of Bengali creatives, which led her to find the Bangladeshi American Creative Collective, a network of Bengali American creatives who work for positive change through the arts and humanities. She currently works at the Bronx Museum of the Arts as the Community Programs and Marketing Associate, and lives in the Bronx.
Ali Lapetina is a documentary photographer and educator who lives in Detroit, Michigan. While photographing the Bengali immigrant community, she noticed men playing cricket in the parking lots, soccer at the nearby school and carrom at the local corner stores but didn’t see many girls and women gathering outside of their homes. This inspired her to create Women of Banglatown, a space that provided neighborhood girls a place to call their own.
Moderator, President Leslie Bellavance
Leslie Bellavance was named President of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in July of 2015. She concurrently holds the office of Vice President of Ferris State University. She previously served as dean and director of graduate programs of the School of Art and Design in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and before that as a professor of art and the director of the School of Art and Art History at James Madison University in Virginia. She was also a member of the faculty of the Department of Visual Art in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also served as head of the Photography Program, director of Graduate Studies in Art and interim associate dean. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia, and has been recognized with numerous awards and grants, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh
June 1 - August 26, 2018
With the rise of factories, investors, and development, the landscape of Bangladesh is changing. Transitions is a traveling exhibition of new Bangladeshi photography originally curated by the Bangladeshi American Creative Collective. This group show features nine Bangladeshi photographers whose work reflects a diverse group of people, shifting economies, and changing lands. Its aim is to not only to collect and exhibit photography as art, but also as ideas about the country of Bangladesh.
These photos navigate the stories of Bangladesh’s people, landscapes, and its position in the world. The exhibition initiates important discussions around the meaning of changes, shifts, and transitions across generations and communities.
Participating artists include Arfun Ahmed, Taslima Akhter, Debashish Chakrabarty, Rasel Chowdhury, Samsul Alam Helal, Jannatul Mawa, Manir Mrittrik, Saikat Mojumder, and Tapash Paul.
Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh is supported by:
Ferris State University
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
The National Endowment for the Arts
The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation
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