Home / Art / Munem Wasif
Play Video
 

Munem Wasif

Facebook Linkedin twitter Pinterest Google Plus E-mail this link to a friend.

The Artist 
I was born in Bangladesh in 1983 and I studied at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka, where I now teach. I’ve been part of the Dhaka Art Summit [2016] and I’m one of the curators of Chobimela, an international festival of photography that takes place in Bangladesh. I’ve been working in documentary and archival photography for some time now.

The Work
My black and white photography investigates complex social and political issues with a traditional, humanistic language, by getting close to the people, physically and psychologically, dealing with multiple questions and contradictions. I like to experiment beyond the tradition and test the possibilities of fiction by borrowing a familiar documentary language. My last Project is called Land of Undefined Territory, which debuted at the Dhaka Art Summit and travels to Gwangju and Singapore Biennale. It will be exhibited as part of Prix Pictet Award show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in May 2017. It depicts a barren landscape, which could be lunar, earthly or entirely imaginative. In some images, men appear with wheelbarrows and other simple tools. This is the border territories between Bangladesh and India, which still remain somewhat unregulated. At first sight the photographs seem identical, but upon closer examination one begins to recognize the different curves and bends of the roads, and varying sizes of the rocks that littered the barren landscape. 

The land that I chose to photograph bears witness to multiple events that marked the modern history of South Asia: from colonisation, to the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, the Bangladeshi Liberation War in 1971, as well as ongoing land disputes. Despite its contentiousness, the land bears no traces of national identity, but carries the mark of labouring, as it is an active and self-organized rock-mining site. Land of Undefined Territory grew out of a workshop organised by Britto Arts Trust Bangladesh and India’s Shelter Promotion Council, which was conducted along the borders of the two countries. 

My new project, Seed shall set you free, is an investigation on the agricultural movement in Bangladesh that opposes the use of western pesticides and genetically altered seeds. For this project, I am exploring cyanotype prints. 

Take a look at Munem's work here. 

MORE IN Art

Sudarshan Shetty | Photography: Ishika Mohan Motwane

Sudarshan Shetty

Shetty’s Shunya Ghar, a mammoth installation made with found wood, coupled with an hour-long film based on the eponymously titled

read more...
Gauri Gill | Photography: Joseph Rahul

Gauri Gill

Despite having spent her years of her career using photography to document the lives of her Indian American family and

read more...
Fake Holidays

Reiner Riedler

Photographer, Fake Holidays Making memories on the road, breaking routines, carving new experiences makes you happy. Whether you’re travelling for work or

read more...
 
Bharat Sikka | Photography: Karan Vaid

Bharat Sikka

Artist with a Camera People, Communities, Landscape might be part of his repertoire but at the heart of it, the entire

read more...
Interview of the Week: Elise Foster Vander Elst and Matthieu Foss | Courtesy: Sophie Wright and Shahid Datawala

FOCUS Photography Festival

In conversation with Matthieu Foss and Elise Foster Vander Elst: This week, Mumbai will usher in the third edition of FOCUS

read more...
Courtesy: Marco Barbon and Jaipur Photo

Jaipur Photo

In conversation with Lola Mac Dougall: One of the most celebrated cities of India, Jaipur will be playing second-time host to

read more...
Profile of the Week: Ishrat Sahgal

Design

Ishrat Sahgal

Mishcat Co, Design House Following a degree in interior architecture, when Ishrat Sahgal returned to Indian shores from The States, it

read more...

Fashion

BENNCH

A white oxford shirt reinterpreted with a diaphanous accordion detail; a monochrome jumpsuit with a cape for an accent; an

read more...
A still from Kaash

Film

Kaash

Ishaan Nair, Director The Filmmaker The new director in Mira Nair’s family, Ishaan has been working after his degree in direction and

read more...
 
A graphic story written and illustrated by Aindri Chakraborty

Literature

All That We Want - The Gaysi Zine

The fifth edition of The Gaysi Zine embarks on a journey to explore the unchartered realm of queer desires, and

read more...
Interview of the Week: Jesse Veverka

Lifestyle

Jesse Veverka

Passfire All around the world, fireworks are synonymous with celebration. People from different parts of the world may speak different languages

read more...
Rush by Mali

Music

Rush by Mali

When Maalavika Manoj aka Mali started strumming her own tunes she found inspiration in long-lost friendships, memories of home and

read more...