OXFAM/NOVIB invited PAPA to do a PAPA Lab in Dhaka with a mix of photographers from DRIK and officers working in OXFAM/NOVIB and the partner organization YPSA. PAPA's method of reading the street in shared photo-walks gives an insight in the Tactics of Life in Dhaka.
The PAPA Lab led to PAPA Critical City Guide (CCG), a document that is used as a starting point for a co-creation workshop in Dhaka in October 2014 by Butterfly Works. The co-creation workshop's aim is to develop ideas for projects for the urban youth in several cities in South East Asia.
Participants are Adnan Wahid, HabibulHaque, Tapash Paul from DRIK, Arifur Rahman, Abdus Sabur from YPSA and Sumana Tanchangya, Dhana RanjanTripurafrom OXFAM NOVIB.
1. Happiness is from within
It's amazing how resilient the people are that you meet on the street here in Bangladesh. They are living under conditions that many of us would not endure for more than a week. That these Bangladeshi are additionally friendly, polite and cheerful is really beyond understanding. But is 'Happiness is from within' for all the people here? Is it the same for both rich and poor? Or just for those here, so visible to anyone, the people living on the streets?
I walk and take pictures, no matter what the subjects are. I take pictures of people, no matter if I know them. I take pictures, no matter if I am an intruder to the subjects. Through the camera I make a connection between them and me. I am active, they are passive! And it is sweet when people ask me take their pictures. Thus the connection is made by them, and I am an intruder no more.
18 September 2014 by Tapash Paul
A SMILE ISN'T CHEAP BUT PRICELESS
Through photography I have met countless people. Most of them are ultra-poor, they live hand to mouth. They become dark, harsh. But what amazes me is the honest smile which they can give, even in extremely hard times. It is said that a smile can win the world.
17 September 2014 by Habibul Haque
HAPPINESS IS WITHIN
There is a saying by the Buddha: "Happiness comes from within, so do not seek it on the outside". This family managed to get a shelter in the waterlogged slum. Perhaps they do not even know what they could get to eat for tomorrow. But ignoring all these odds, the family still finds happiness living in this city under such conditions. Maybe because they do not have anything to loose.
16 September 2014 by Sumana Tanchangya