UNLIMITED DREAMS IN A LIMITED SPACE – AT THE RICHMIX FROM 3rd Oct – 1st Nov 2013
This exhibition consists of three complementary projects, each looking at the Urdu-speaking camp-dwelling community in Dhaka, Bangladesh, who has been living in a dire condition since the war in 1971. Currently Paraa is developing the design for a community learning and resource center, working with the community, and conducting a series of workshops to teach young leaders of the community to map, document and survey their camps. The idea stems from engaging with the many facets of the community, from their craft-making, to their aspiration to educate themselves.
DRAWINGS: UNLIMITED DREAMS IN A LIMITED SPACE BY PARAA
The architectural drawings and photographs highlights Paraa’s ongoing work with the Urdu-speaking camp-dwelling community in Bangladesh, and a new generation wanting to integrate. The students look to use education as a tool to transform their lives. The end image is an aspiration for the community to have a center where they can engage with matters related to their community, especially education and training to improve their lives.
FILM: VOICES FROM THE CAMPS BY RAINBOW COLLECTIVE
Directors – Hannan Majid & Richard York / Al Jazeera Arabic / 2010 / 48 mins
The film ‘Voices from the Camps’ provides a visual narrative and historical awareness of the community. Originally produced for Al Jazeera, Rainbow Collective have worked with the community over the years to develop other films. The film is a lyrical and poignant exploration of the plight faced by hundreds of thousands of ethnic Biharis, forced to live in refugee camps in Bangladesh since the 1970s.
PHOTOGRAPHY: BENARASI BY ENAMUL HOQUE
Paraa and Enamul have been collaborating over the last two years with fashion designers and weavers to understand the weaving process and its potential futures. The community’s culture and heritage, as well as livelihood opportunities are central to carving out a new future. The Benarasi weaving process, photographed by Enamul Hoque in 2012, is one source of income for some of the community living in the Mirpur camps, Karchupi, embroidery, mechanics, food (famous for their kababs) are amongst the others.