Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power

  • November 8, 2019 through May 4, 2020
  • The Rubin Museum of Art, New York
This exhibition presents the first comprehensive US museum survey of the renowned Bangladeshi photographer, writer, activist and institution builder. More than 40 images and ephemera, including portraits, landscapes and scenes of daily life and strife in the "majority world"—a term Alam has deployed for decades to reframe notions of global relations—show the breadth of his practice and the impacts of his four-decade career. The exhibition provides a nuanced view of Bangladesh and South Asia, exploring systems of personal and collective agency that underscore the importance of self-representation, empowerment and the quest for truth in both art and life.
Courtesy of Drik
"Smitri Azad, Dhaka," 1994, by Shahidul Alam, photograph.

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