Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power
This exhibit presents the first comprehensive US museum survey of the photographic work of Shahidul Alam, renowned Bangladeshi photographer, writer, activist and institution builder. More than 60 images and ephemera show the breadth of his practice and impact throughout his 40-year career. The exhibition includes portraits, landscapes and scenes of daily life, struggle and resistance in the “majority world”—a phrase Alam has used since the 1990s to reframe thinking about the global south. Through Alam’s nuanced, unflinching views of Bangladesh and South Asia, the exhibit explores systems of personal and collective agency, and it underscores the importance of self-representation, empowerment, and truth. In addition to the power of his images, Alam has made an impact in Bangladesh, across South Asia, and even globally as the conceptual architect and founder of transformative institutions that include Drik Picture Library, Drik Gallery, Pathshala South Asia Media Institute, Chobi Mela biennial photography festival, and the Majority World photo agency.