Hundreds of ethnic Bajau people, who have migrated from southern part of Philippines due to ethnic riots, have been living, stateless, at the submerged coastal islands of Malaysia for decades. Deprived from access to civil and fundamental rights like education and healthcare, the people are leading a miserable life.
Featuring the life and lifestyle of the community, a seven-day photo exhibition on the theme “Life in uncertainty: Stateless Family” of internationally-known Singaporean photographer YK Yeo was held at Haatkhola Art Gallery in the port city since Friday.
A total of 28 splendid photos were on display at the exhibition.
Photobank Gallery, a leading Chittagong-based photo agency, run by country's famed photographer Shoeb Faruquee, organsied the exhibition supported by NGS Cement.
Editor of the local Daily Purbokone, architect Taslim Uddin Chowdhury inaugurated the exhibition while Ashit K Saha, managing director of NGS Steel and Cement, as special guest.
Yeo told The Daily Star that he was fascinated by social photography. “Last several years I have toured different countries for socio-documentary photography work for focusing life style of the marginalised community. And this series is one of them”, said Yeo.
Yeo said when he was travelling at Sabah near the Philippine border he had come to know about the community from the local people and felt interest to visit the area.
On the second and concluding day of a two-day workshop, The Daily Star Chittagong Bureau Chief AKM Raisul Huq Bahar was present as the chief guest and distributed certificates among the participants. He said the workshop will help young participants open their aesthetic and artistic sense of photography. Among others, Shoeb Faruquee also spoke on the occasion.
Praising the initiative of Photobank Gallery, Taslim Uddin Chowdhury said Yeo's works and techniques would help develop the standard of young photographers of the country.