Biography

Sarker Protick has developed a practice that combines the roles of an image-maker, a teacher and infrequently a curator. His works revolve around the subjects of impermanence, materiality of time and the metaphysical prospects of Light and Space. Working with photography, video and sound, Protick has formed a complex body of works that are based on long term research rooted in his home country, while simultaneously exploring ideas that aren’t confined by geographic trajectories. Incorporating detailed observations and subtle gestures, his works propose a subjective space, often minimal, vast and atmospheric.


Driven by subjects such as the alteration of land and border, colonial relics and modern ecological emergencies, Protick’s landscapes, portraits and photographic series engage philosophically with the specificities of personal and regional histories. He is the recipient of Joop Swart Masterclass, Magnum Foundation Fund, Light Work Residency, World Press Photo Award etc. Protick’s work has been shown in museums, galleries and festivals including Hamburg Triennale, Paris Photo, Singapore Art Week, Riga Photography Biennale, Dhaka Art Summit, 4A Center of Contemporary Asian Art, Noor der licht, Art Dubai and more.


Sarker Protick is a faculty member of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and Co-curator at Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography.



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Exhibitions

2019 Solo: Of River and Lost Lands, Impact Doc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2019 ‘Bruised: Art, Action and Ecology in Asia’, RMIT Gallery. Melbourne, Australia
2019 ‘Stories of Earthly Survival’, Ci.CLO Biennial, Porto, Portugal
2018 ‘(Dis)Place’, Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art, Korean Cultural center, Delhi
2018 ‘Temporary Certainty’, 4A Centre for contemporary Asia Art. Sydney, Australia
2018 ‘Breaking Point’, Triennial of Photography Hamburg, Germany
2018 ‘Relics’, Esplanade Visual Arts Center, Singapore Art Week. Singapore
2017 Paris Photo, Solo show, East Wing Gallery, France
2017 Chobi Mela Photo Festival IX, Bangladesh
2016 Solo: ‘What Remains’ at Latvina Museum of Photography, Latvia
2016 Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea
2016 Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India
2016 Art Dubai, Eat Wing, Dubai
2015 Photo Quai Biannual, Paris, France
2015 Encontros da Imagem, Burga, Portugal
2015 Delhi Photo Festival, Delhi, India
2015 Paris Photo, East Wing, France
2015 Photoville, New York, USA
2015 Obscura Festival of Photography, Penang, Malaysia
2015 Defying the laws of gravity, Richmix London, United Kingdom
2014 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
2014 Oxford Photofestival, Oxford, United Kingdom
2014 Eyes on Bangladesh, New York, USA
2013 Noorderlicht Photography Festival ’20 By 20′ Exhibition, The Netherlands
2013 Chobi Mela VII International Photography Festival, Bangladesh
2013 Tokyo Month of Photography, Japan
2013 Photovisa Festival, Moscow, Russia
2013 Festival of Promenades Photographiques Vendome, France
2012 Noorderlicht Photo festival, Gronigen, The Netherlands
2012 Organ Vida Photo Festival, Croatia
2012 World Bank Art Program: Bangladesh, India, USA
2012 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh



Grants / Awards / Residencies 

2012 Prix Mark Grosset pour les écoles internationales de photographie
2013 Winner of World Bank Art Program
2014 ‘Ones to Watch’ – (featured), British Journal of Photography
2014 World Press Photo Joop Swart Master class
2015 Photo District News’s 30 Emerging Photographer
2015 World Press Photo Award (For ‘What Remains’)
2016 Residency at Gibellina Photo Road
2017 Winner of The Australian Photobook of the Year Grand Prize
2018 Recipient of Magnum Foundation Fund
2019 Khoj – Curatorial Intensive South Asia.
2019 Light Work Residency, Syracuse, New York.



Publications

The New York Times, The New Yorker, Financial Times UK, Le Monde, Liberation, Internazionale, Elephant Journal, Marie Claire Magazine, GEO, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, National Geographic, Die Zeit, The British Journal of Photography, Wired, Helsingin Sanomat, California Sunday, Grazia, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, UNESCO Courier, Economist.



Books

Astres Noirs
Under the Banyan Tree, A 12 years retrospective book of Pathshala



Education

2009 – 2012 Professional Photography Program Pathshala – The South Asian Media Institute
2005 – 2009 Bachelor in Business Administration, American International University – AIUB
2011 – Documentary Photography Exchange, University of Gloucestershire, UK
2010 – New Media Journalism, University of Virginia – USA
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