Mundane

Mundane is a combination of texts, found images and tableau photographs dealing with recent social violence of Bangladesh. The work developed as protest – a protest against our desensitized memories to violence.

I was born and raised in Bangladesh and my country is passing through a difficult time with extortion on freedom of expression and sovereignty. The threat of murder, rape, extra-judicial killing, ethnic tortures and child abuse are taking place almost every day. I am also losing my friends, neighbours and colleagues who played crucial roles on cultural and political movements, blogging and activism, and feminist movements. My friend Xulhaz, a LGBT activist, was hacked to death inside his own house where we had eaten dinner only few months previously. These continual violent events are becoming mundane in our daily life, causing ennui when published in newspapers or social media.

My photographic series is a testament of those violent moments. Taken in a space slightly before or after the moment, I attempt to show how body and mind might react to such moments.

The series consists of three parts. First many of my photos are taken inside the same room, as these real events were connected to a commonplace and its morphology. Secondly, I tried to transform real newspaper photos and texts to ambiguous poetry on such violence, to protest against the mundanity of everyday news. The original texts are edited and aligned like social-media’s news-subtitles to borrow the mainstream language and convert them to a gonzo- report. Finally, I have photographed in places where heinous acts have occurred

Mundane is an attempt to pay attention to everyday social violence, and to remember the individuality and sovereignty of each victim. It is also an inquiry of our psyche when it grasps a moment of violence.

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