Amader Kontho - Our
problems are made into photographs that
detail our impairments only and hardly focus
on the inaccessible environment and barriers
we face, or speak about the discriminations
we encounter. Our problems are seen as our
personal ones, instead of being socially-created.
challenge these social norms by focusing
the camera on our surroundings. We want
to talk about our problems through photographs.
We had to learn photography in order to
let our voices to be heard; our voices are
exhibition displays photographs by fifteen
youths with disabilities. Our disabilities
range from total blindness to visual impairment,
mental disability, learning difficulty,
and physical disability. Whilst we individually
face different challenges on a daily basis,
we unite in a group in an effort to draw
attention to the needs, views and wishes
of people like us across Bangladesh. This
exhibition is the first of its kind in Bangladesh.
attended two photography training workshops
in February and May 2004. We represent disability-focussed
organisations namely ADD, CSID, FAVH-Dhaka,
CDA-Dinajpur, SPD Meherpur, and SRDD-Munshiganj.
helped initiate the programme under the
auspices of DFID-UK through Healthlink Worldwide-UK
Photographer Anna Blackman, from PhotoVoice
a UK based photography-training organisation,
facilitated the training-workshops along
with two Bangladeshi youth photographers,
namely Shefali Akter Shetu and Abul Kashem
of the Out of Focus group (http://www.drik.net/focus/outoffocus.htm)
who have been developing the photo-video
unit at SARPV.