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Rasel Chowdhury



Rasel Chowdhury is a Dhaka-based artist whose passion lies in documenting environmental issues using camera. Born in Jamalpur, he started working in photography without a conscious plan, and eventually became addicted and decided to document spaces in and around Bangladesh. He obtained a degree from Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute in 2012. His body of work deals with unplanned desperate urbanization, the dying River Buriganga, the lost city of Sonargaon, the Mega City of Dhaka, and newly transformed spaces around Bangladesh railroads to explore the change of the environment, unplanned urban structures and new form of landscapes.

The Samdani Art Award exhibition will include his photography series Railway Longings. The series shows his contemplative approach to the railroad which once upon a time the only way to reach his birthplace of Jamalpur from Dhaka. He walked from one station to another covering 181 km long journey along the railway to photograph the experience filled with nostalgia and also the change of landscapes and rail structures ranging from villages to towns.

Download Rasel Chowdhury's CV here.



  • Cosmin Costinas - Director, Para/Site
  • Catherine David - Deputy Director, Centre Pompidou
  • Beatrix Ruf - Director, Stedelijk Museum- Aaron Seeto - Director, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN)
  • Chaired by Aaron Cezar - Director, Delfina Foundation


  • Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council
  • Delfina Foundation
  • Samdani Art Foundation