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MASTERCLASS with Sarker Protick | Future Archive: Places

Masterclass of a famous Bangladeshi artist in Zagreb 
A member of the prestigious VII Photo Agency and the winner of the World Press Photo Award will hold a five-day practical workshop during the 9th Organ Vida Festival

What does it mean to create an archive in the era of billions image everyday.

If we think about the way we look and engage with photographic archives from the late 19th and 20th century, from the analogue age and when cameras were still not accessible by everyone, how will an archive be read, viewed or experienced in, say 30 years or later?  What elements and values will be required to be considered for an important archive? How significantly concept and visual vocabulary will matter?

Inspired by the historical properties of a photographic archive the workshop will initiate an attempt to build new archives at present time. Focusing on contemporary space or community in the region, understanding a place using components such as:

Acoustic – Sound

The participants are open to introduce other medium such as sound or moving images to use for their work. They are also required to conduct research and propose their desired subject matter before the workshop starts. During the workshop they will create a body of work in the town. Followed by introduction and lecture, everyday fieldwork will with regular review sessions.

Duration: 5 days, September 4 – 8, 2017

– Introduction
– Portfolio reviews
– Lecture
– On location work
– Daily reviews
– Final edit of the work
 – Probable scope of Presentation

The early bird fee for the workshop is 200 € (until July 1, 2017).
After July 1 the fee is 230 €.
Minimum amount of participants is 8 and up to a maximum of 10.

What to bring:
Working gear for image capturing, sound recording device etc.
Laptop, HDD etc.
Prints from earlier portfolio  (4r Matt)
Pen and notebook

Applications must be received no later than August 28 at midnight via e-mail: workshops@organvida.com


About Sarker Protick
Sarker Protick is an artist from Dhaka, Bangladesh, primarily works with the medium of light and sound. Graduated from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and currently teaches at the same institution. He is a member at VII Photo Agency.

Sarker Protick’s works are grounded around the ideas of Time and Space. Hovering between corporeal and meta-physical, Protick’s use of light as protagonist creates a truth that is more emotional than factual. His approach incorporates detail observations and subtle gestures to enter into the personal spaces. It is document only to a suspended reality, where time is perpetually slowed; and we are not just looking, but seeing. Whether working with family, environment or history, Protick’s work consistently deals with Time and how it transforms matter and life.

In 2014, he was named in British Journal Of Photography’s annual ‘Ones to Watch’. The same year, Protick was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2015, he went on to win a World Press Photo award for his story ‘What Remains’ and was listed in PDN’s 30 emerging photographers of the year. His works have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including Latvian Contemporary Museum of Photography, Chobi Mela International Photography Festival, Dhaka Art Summit, Art Dubai, Paris Photo, Noorderlicht etc.


2017 Chobi Mela Photo Festival IX, Bangladesh
2016 Solo –at Latvia Museum of Photography (‘What Remains’)
2016 Art Dubai, Eat Wing, Dubai
2016 Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India
2016 Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea
2016 Gibellina Photoroad, Sicily, Italy
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, Instagram Show, New York, USA
2015 Felix Schoeller Photo Award, Osnabrück, Germany
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
2012 & 2013 Festival of Promenades Photographiques Vendome, France
2012 Noorderlicht Photo festival, Gronigen, The Netherlands
2012 Organ Vida Photo Festival, Croatia
2012 & 2013 World Bank Art Program: Bangladesh, India, USA
2012 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh


2012 Prix Mark Grosset pour les écoles internationales de photographie, France
2012 Winner of World Bank Art Program USA
2014 ‘Ones to Watch’ – (featured), British Journal of Photography UK
2014 World Press Photo Joop Swart Master class, The Netherlands
2015 PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographer, USA
2015 World Press Photo Award (For the story ‘What Remains’)
2016 Shortlisted Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards (First Book Category)
2016 Shortlisted Prix Nadar
2017 Winner of The Australian Photobook of the Year Grand Prize


Astres Noirs
Offset Publication: ‘What Remains’
‘Under the Banyan Tree’, A 12 years retrospective book of Pathshala

The Elephant Magazine
The New York Times
The New York Times
The Sunday Times
The New Yorker
Le Monde
Marie Claire Magazine
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
National Geographic
Die Zeit
The British Journal of Photography
Helsingin Sanomat
Punctum Magazine
Photo Plus
Blow Magazine


2009 – 2012 Professional Photography Program Pathshala – The South Asian Media Academy
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