Asia Society Texas Center presents "Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power" closing day
"Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power" presents the first comprehensive U.S. museum survey of Shahidul Alam, the renowned Bangladeshi photographer, writer, activist, and institution builder and a Time magazine Person of the Year in 2018. Over 60 images and ephemera will show the breadth of his practice and impact throughout his four-decade career.
The exhibition includes portraits, landscapes, and scenes of daily life, strife, and resistance in the "majority world" - a phrase Alam has used since the 1990s to reframe the notion of the "third world" or "global south." The term also confronts the ways in which Western media continues to define how the majority of the world's population - especially Bangladesh - is portrayed in relation to poverty and disaster.
This pioneering exhibition aims to provide visitors with a nuanced view of Bangladesh and South Asia, to explore systems of personal and collective agency, and to underscore the importance of self-representation, empowerment, and truth as embodied in Alam's life and work.