Sarker Protick’s work frequently build the narrative around the trope of change; momentary stillness, fleeting light, elemental origins of a place and a lost home. To make the decaying memory tangible, to define disappearing history of a place without confining it, Protick’s often minimal, suspended and atmospheric visuals are coherently open with vast and solemn distance.

Working with Photography, Video and Sound, Protick's works are built on long-term surveys rooted in Bangladesh. The form and materiality of his works often morph into the physicality of time; its raptures and our inability to grasp or hold time, the process of image-making as the way to expand time, to make space for more subdued moments, or more hints of an embodied life. Here we don’t experience time as moving in a linear direction, rather, we experience it slowing down, recurring, having dips and curves, sometimes changing in a constant flux.

Protick studied at the South Asian Media Institute – Pathshala in Dhaka, where he is also teaching for the last ten years. Protick is a co-curator of Chobi Mela, the longest running International Photography Festival in Asia. His work has received several recognition and fellowships, including Joop Swart Masterclass, Foam Talent, Light Work Residency, Magnum Foundation Fund, World Press Photo Award etc.

Protick is represented by Shrine Empire in Delhi.


2024 Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, 2024 [Canceled], Germany
2023 Art Jameel: At the Edge of Land, 2023, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2023 Serendipity Art Festival, Goa, India
2023 ‘To Enter The Sky’, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2022 Solo: নিরবধি / Nirobodhi (Till Time Stand Still) by Sarker Protick. Shrine Empire, Delhi, India
2022 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Philadelphia, USA
2022 ‘TIBRO’ [Pathshala’s 23 Years Anniversary], Dhaka, Bangladesh
2021 32nd Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Singapore
2021 ‘Growing Like a Tree’, Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai, UAE
2020 Yokohama Triennale 2020, Afterglow, Yokohama, Japan
2020 Nach Uns Die Sintflut, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria
2020 Related Realities, BL2020, Gallery Himmelblau, Tampere, Finland
2020 Dead Can Dance: The Lock Up Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2020 Noor Der Licht, Generation Z: Tell me, Gronigen, The Netherlands
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 Dispatches The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, North Carolina, USA
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, UAE
2015 Photo Quai Biannual, Paris, France
2015 Encontros da Imagem, Burga, Portugal
2015 Delhi Photo Festival, Delhi, India
2015 Obscura Festival of Photography, Penang, Malaysia
2015 Defying the laws of gravity, Richmix London, United Kingdom
2014 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
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 Photovisa Festival, Moscow, Russia
2013 Festival of Promenades Photographiques Vendome, France
2013 Organ Vida Photo Festival, Croatia
2012 Noorderlicht Photo festival, Gronigen, The Netherlands
2012 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
2012 World Bank Art Program: Dhaka, Delhi, Washington


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.
2021 Foam Talent, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.