Munem Wasif

Born in Dhaka, 1983 and lives in Dhaka

Munem Wasif is an eminent documentary photographer in Bangladesh. Wasif’s stark black & white photography investigates complex social and political issues with a traditional, humanistic language, by getting close to the people, physically and psychologically, dealing with multiple questions and contradictions. Expressionistic in style and long-term in method, Wasif often experiments beyond the tradition, tests the possibilities of fiction, by borrowing a familiar documentary language. His interest is often on the concept of ‘documents’ and ‘archives’ and it’s influence on addressing politically and geographically complex issues. Teaching and collaborating with a new generation artists and curating experimental works is an organic and integral part of his own personal works, which keeps him on the edge of experimenting and extending the mediums, including video and sound.
Wasif won ‘Bengal Practice Grant’ (2015), ‘City of Perpignan Young Reporter’s Award’ (2008) at Visa pour l’image. Prixpictet commission (2009), F25 award for concerned photography from Fabrica (2008), Joop Swart Masterclass (2007). His photographs have been published in Le Monde, Sunday Times Magazine, Geo, Guardian, Politiken, Mare, Du, Days Japan, L’espresso, Libération, Wall Street Journal and many others. He had exhibitions worldwide including, Musee de elysee & Fotomuseam Winterthur in Switzerland, Kunsthal museum & Noordelicht festival in Netherlands, Angkor Photo festival & Photo Phonm Phen in Cambodia, Whitechappel Gallery in England, Palais de Tokyo & Visa pour l’image in France and Chobimela in Bangladesh.
Since 2008, he is represented by Agence Vu in Paris. He was one of the curators of Chobimela VII, International Festival of Photography.

‘Staple: What’s on your plate?’
This group exhibition investigates what we eat and the entanglement of food with memory, ecology and...
06 Dec 2021 - 22 Apr 2022
Hayy Jameel
Growing Like a Tree
An exhibition that looks at regional histories of image-making through a visual and sonic excavation of place, memory and culture.
20 Jan 2021 - 20 May 2021
Ishara Art Foundation
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
A Beast, a God, and a Line
“A Beast, a God, and a Line” curated by Cosmin Costinas features over 50 artists from South...
16 Mar 2018 - 20 May 2018
Para Site
Hong Kong
Fabric(ated) Fractures
“Fabric(ated) Fractures” is a group exhibition featuring works by Bangladeshi, South Asian...
09 Mar 2019 - 23 Mar 2019
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan
The exhibition – a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation...
12 Nov 2019 - 02 Feb 2020
Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
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