11 October 2012

About Sarker Protick


Sarker Protick is a visual artist from Bangladesh. Protick’s works explores the materiality of time, decay, disappearance. His portraits, landscapes and photographic series engage philosophically with the specificities of personal and national histories. Incorporating detail observations and subtle gestures the works enter into personal spaces, often minimal and atmospheric.


Protick was named in British Journal of Photography’s annual ‘Ones to Watch’. He is the recipient of Joop Swart Masterclass, Magnum Foundation Fund, World Press Photo award, Australian Photobook of the Year grand prize. His work has been shown in museums, galleries and festivals including, Chobi Mela, Art Dubai, Paris Photo, Hamburg Triennial, 4A, Singapore Art Week, Dhaka Art Summit, Latvian Contemporary Museum of Photography, Noor der licht and more.


Protick is represented by East Wing Gallery. He is a faculty at Pathshala-South Asian Media Institute and co-curator at Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography.



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
2017 Paris Photo, Solo show, East Wing Gallery
2017 Chobi Mela Photo Festival IX, Bangladesh
2016 Solo: ‘What Remains’ at Latvina Museum of Photography
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 the story ‘What Remains’)
2016 Shortlisted Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards and Prix Nadar
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.





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




Astres Noirs
Offset Publication: ‘What Remains’
‘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
2012 – International Reporting, University of Oslo Norway / Pathshala, BD