Artist bio

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan is a Dhaka, Bangladesh-based documentary photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist. His work explores human rights, social development, migration, gender violence, and the environment. Hasan was nominated for many international awards and won hundreds of photographic competitions worldwide, including the Lucie Award, Human Rights Press Award, and Allard Prize. His latest exhibition was on ‘Gender Violence and Migration,’ organized by the UN in Thailand. His photography projects exhibited in Photo Basel, Shanghai Photo Festival, NordArt Festival, Berlin Photo Festival, Belgrade Photo Month Festival, and many other galleries worldwide. He studied a One-Year Certificate in Creative Practices at the ICP – International Center of Photography, New York, with the Director’s Fellowship. Hasan holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography from Falmouth University, UK, and an Undergraduate Certificate in History of Art from Oxford University. He also pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism from Ateneo de Manila University and graduated in Film & Video Production from UBS Film School at the University of Sydney. He is represented by ZUMA Press, Redux Pictures, and °CLAIR Galerie. He is currently pursuing an online MA in Global Film and Television at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He is a contract photographer for Thomson Reuters Foundation and contributing photojournalist for the Daily Star. He is a Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Fellow and was a TEDx speaker.


The Black Roses



Artist Statement

It was more than a half-decade ago, and life was interrupted with reality rejection. My mind was saying things would be fine, I struggled with the fixation on reality, but it appeared as derealization and dual reality. I was scared. I couldn’t able go anywhere alone. The pain in my mind and body simultaneously said something big was changing. I felt distracted, petrified and thanatophobia abducted me. Sometimes, it was too hard to handle the pressure from the capitalist society, social injustice, and poisonous minds around me. I told people closest to me, and no one responded positively or came up with a solution. I was all alone. The second half of the day always started with a mood swing and vertigo symptoms – I used to analyze the bigger purpose of life. I took many medical diagnoses, but the autonomous mind controlled the self. I changed the strategy to command the independent self to listen to me, and it was not easy to find a way of self-counseling. It took a significant time to heal myself and get back to normal from the depersonalization disorder. I found that love can heal wounds, whether for self-love to love the others in the world. It was a personal journey between my inner self and me. I re-created the feelings by photographing myself and making them appropriate with the assistance of technology.

How it fits into contest

We're indeed spiritual beings, and it is difficult to prove from the human's point of view due to the lack of proof. But most of the universe is dark, and our realm of knowledge is limited. During the journey with my life, I, on many points, found that spirituality is about submission of the self to nature or a form of God what or who can provide redemption. My project refers to reincarnation, the purpose of life, and regaining life through love.


Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

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