Thursday, 6 May 2010

Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, this exhibition ended last month...

...but I've been meaning talk about this for a while

At some point in January when this exhibition opened, I went up to Whitechapel, still getting use to it's new, bigger look. I had a quick skim, there were lots of photos to see, great images, and photography. But one thing that strike me, I was in an exhibition full of pictures of South Asian people, and exhibition was packed on a Saturday afternoon with; mainly middle class Europeans. Whitechapel gallery located in middle of a high populated Bangladeshi area of London. There was hardly a Bangladeshi person in the audience, this could be due to reason that, they were not interested seeing photography about their own country of origin, or maybe because the tickets were £8.50, or some other reason. But the question at back of my head was, most of these middle class Europeans looking at photos with so much admiration and interest. Would they sincerely want to converse, see them as their own equal and be friends if they met these South Asian people in photos in real life.

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