Photos courtesy of British High Commission and Libration War Museum
(WE ARE ROHINGYA)
COX'S BAZAR CULTURAL CENTRE
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
1 — 15 September 2022
To follow up on the success of our exhibition at the Liberation War Museum, we partnered with UNHCR to bring the exhibition to the Cox's Bazar Cultural Centre. The event was opened by Johannes van der Klaauw, Head of UNHCR Bangladesh, the RRRC and the photographers Sahat Zia Hero, Ro Yassin Abdumonaf, Shahida Win, Azimul Hasson, Abdullah Khin Maung Thein, Hujjat Ullah, Md Jamal, Enayat Khan, Sahat Zia Hero, Md Iddris and Omal Kahir.
The exhibition dealt with the subject of identity through intimate recordings of the daily lives of a displaced community. Exploring themes of memory, hope, faith, beauty, craftsmanship, grief, loss and love among the Rohingya refugee community, this exhibition presented a collective portrait that honoured the strength, endurance and resilience of the Rohingya people.
The exhibition was curated by David Palazón and Sahat Zia Hero and included 11 additional photographs curated by Amena Khatun from the Liberation War Museum archives that captured the lives and stories of Bangladeshi nationals, who in 1971 were forced to flee and lived as refugees, during the Liberation War. This exhibit showed how the lived memory of millions of Bangladeshi uprooted during the Liberation War, has inspired the generosity and protection the country is now extending to the persecuted Rohingya from neighbouring Myanmar.
The event was kindly supported by UNHCR, the Liberation War Museum, Cox's Bazar Cultural Centre and Cox's Bazar Arts Club, the Spanish Embassy in Dhaka and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).
Photos courtesy of UNHCR and Rohingyatographer photographers.