Taslima Akhter

Taslima Akhter is a Bangladeshi activist and photographer, who has been working as a witness of workers’ struggles for the last 11 years. She is the Chair of Garment Sromik Samhoti (Bangladesh Garment Workers Solidarity), where she contributed to the creation of Rana Plaza Massacre: An Anthology, a website based on the book “24th April: Outcries of a Thousand Souls.” She also published a photobook on the Rana Plaza Collapse titled “Lives not Numbers,” developed during the Photobook Masterclass workshop in 2017 at Chobi Mela IX in Bangladesh. Her work, “The Life and Struggle of Garment Workers,” led her to be selected for a Magnum Foundation fellowship in 2010 and her image, “Final Embrace,” was recognized by the World Press Photo Contest and named one of the top ten photos of 2013 by TIME Magazine. Taslima has exhibited in the United States, China, Norway, Brussels, Germany, and Cambodia.

Robin Berson is an activist, historian, and artist. She is a member of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition and has served as an advisor for the quilt project and curator of resulting exhibitions in Bangladesh.

Quilters: Ayesha, Chaina Begum, Khadiza Begum, Nasima Begum, Shunno Bala Dash, Farzana, Rahela Khatun, Alam Matbor, Shumitra Rani, Sagorika’s mother, Selina, and curator Taslima Akhter’s mother, Begum Zebunnessa.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Taslima Akhter

Stitching Together: Garment Workers in Solidarity

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2018

On April 24, 2013, more than 1,000 lives were taken in the Rana Plaza Collapse. While history remembers this tragic event as the deadliest garment factory accident, activist and photographer Taslima Akhter reveals a story of dreams crushed by structural murder.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Taslima Akhter

Sep 162018

In Conversation: Taslima Akhter and Robin Berson

Taslima Akhter and Robin Berson will be speaking in conversation about their processes as artists and activists working in the labor movement, advocating for the rights of garment workers.

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