Conceptual - NOMINEE: Farhana Akther
Unraveling: The Puzzle Inside
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In the society I belong to, it is not easy to survive as a woman. Most of the time women face obstacles in each and every step, to fulfill their dreams and goals. From education to career, house to market, family to society, duty to dreams, road to public transport, decision making to property belonging, - each and everywhere woman is surrounded by discrimination issues. Sometimes women are used as a sex object to sell a product, or even sold as a commodity. But most of the time women are not ready to express their problems openly. For this reason I started this conceptual photo series. Even after facing all these problems and difficulties in life, some of them never gave up on their dreams, but fought a seemingly losing battle, but they still won! I am one of them, who never gave up! Yes, this is my story. I started this story to give myself a chance to get out of fear and horrible past that I am carrying in my mind since last several years. Got married, faced domestic violence, got divorced, fight back and started to fulfill my dreams fighting against obstacles.This is my ongoing project. Now I am searching the variety of problems that the women from different classes of society are facing, and how they fight against them.
Myself Farhana Akther and I am from Bangladesh. As I born and grown up in Bangladeshi middle class society I had to stop myself from saying a lot of things that should be said. But after a period of time I got my way to speak out and that is photography. To me photography is my voice. mostly I love to do conceptual photography. I have completed my Diploma on documentary photography from Counter Foto, Bangladesh.