Country’s renowned artistry institution Drik Picture Library has used the vocal of visuals to challenge the abuse and contamination of power, for over thirty years and counting. To celebrate defiance, to celebrate resistance, and to celebrate the ability to overcome – Drik’s 30th birthday was celebrated on September 4 with a variety of events. An exhibition and panel discussion was organized in Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi. The friends and alumnus as well as well-wishers of the institution were present to express their love and solidarity, on this occasion.
Photographs of pioneer Bangladeshi photographers were displayed in the exhibition along with a visual documentation of Drik’s 30-year journey. The celebration became a reunion of its pupils, friends, well-wishers and Drik’s former colleagues along with prominent photographers and journalists.
A panel discussion was held titled ‘The Struggle for Democracy and the Silence of the Intellectuals’. The panelists were Shahdeen Malik, Advocate, Supreme Court; Professor Anu Muhammad from the Department of Economics, Jahangirnagar University; Nurul Kabir, the Editor of the Daily New Age and Dr Mirza Taslima Sultana, Chairman of the Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University.
The celebration of the day ended with songs, poem recitation and performance on resistance.