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 temporality, materiality of time and the metaphysical prospects of Light and Space. Working with Photography, Video and Sound, Protick has formed a series of works that are built on long-term surveys rooted in Bangladesh, while simultaneously exploring ideas that blurs the notion of geopolitical boundaries. Incorporating detailed observations and subtle gestures, his works propose a subjective space, often minimal, vast and atmospheric.
Protick has been the recipient and part of Joop Swart Masterclass, Foam Talent , Light Work Residency, Magnum Foundation Fund, World Press Photo Award etc. He has exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals including Yokohama Triennale, Hamburg Triennale, Paris Photo, Dhaka Art Summit, 4A Center of Contemporary Asian Art, Kunst Haus Wien, Noor der licht, Singapore Art Week, 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.
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
2012 Noorderlicht Photo festival, Gronigen, The Netherlands
2012 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
2012 World Bank Art Program: Bangladesh, India, USA
2012 Organ Vida Photo Festival, Croatia
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.
2021 Foam Talent, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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.
Under the Banyan Tree, A 12 years retrospective book of Pathshala
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