'Ten Years After Rana Plaza' exhibition opens tomorrow at Drik Gallery
"Ten Years After Rana Plaza", an immersive exhibition marking ten years of the Rana Plaza disaster through interdisciplinary works on the subject by Bangladeshi photographer and filmmaker, Ismail Ferdous, is set to begin tomorrow from 3 pm at Drik Gallery, Dhaka.
Through his documentary film titled "The Cost of Fashion" and photo projects including "After Rana Plaza", Ferdous has captured the untold stories of the survivors and families of the victims. The exhibition serves as a continuation of his ongoing efforts to explore memory's struggle against forgetfulness. Through sombre photographs, videos, narratives, interactive installations, and posters, the show aims to challenge the complacency of the middle-class audience and ensure that Rana Plaza memories remain ingrained in personal, social, and national history.
Throughout his career, Ferdous has collaborated with esteemed international newspapers, magazines, and corporate clients. These include The New York Times Magazine, Geo Magazine, The Washington Post, Le Monde M magazine, Hermes, and many others. Since 2017, he has been a frequent contributor to National Geographic magazine, contributing challenging stories on diverse subjects. He is currently working as a member of Agence VU' in Paris.
Ismail Ferdous's outstanding work has garnered recognition and accolades, including the prestigious World Press Photo - Picture of the Year (International), Alexa Foundation Grant, Getty Images Instagram Grant, and numerous other major photography awards.
In collaboration with the Bangladesh Center for Workers' Solidarity, the exhibition is partially funded by the 21st Century International Women's Garment Workers Union Heritage Fund.
Following the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in 2013, one of the most devastating industrial disasters in Bangladesh's history claiming the lives of over 1,100 workers, Ferdous has passionately advocated against the detrimental impacts of the "fast fashion" industry on Bangladesh.
The exhibition will remain open to the public every day until July 29, from 3 pm to 8 pm.