Ashfika Rahman’s practice straddles the line between art and documentary. She draws inspiration from 19th century prints, which she recontextualizes using contemporary media. She primarily expresses her views on complex systemic social issues, such as the plight of victims, through photography. Through her art, she archives time, and challenges the stereotypes associated with victimhood, especially those that plague victims who are minors.
Rahman studied photography in Hochschule Hannover, Germany, and received a professional degree in Documentary Photography from Pathshala, the South Asian Media Academy.
She has exhibited her work internationally at several galleries and festivals, including “Princesses-des-Villes” at Palais de Tokyo, in Paris, France; F3– Freiraum for Fotografie 2020, in Germany, the Dhaka Art Summit 2020, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Lumix Festival 2020 ( Germany), ‘Catalyst’ Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, China, 2019; “Fabric(ated) Fractures,” Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, 2019; and “Chobi Mela X,” International Photography Festival 2019, Dhaka, Bangladesh, amongst others.
Ashfika currently lives and works in Dhaka.
Soft sculpture Stitching on ‘Shital pati’