Suvra Kanti Das
Suvra Kanti Das is a photojournalist whose works refer to the genres of romanticism, grand-guignolesque, black humor and symbolism, that seems he creates work through labor-intensive processes which can be interpreted explicitly as a personal exorcism ritual. In fact, he is inspired by a nineteenth-century tradition of works, in which an ideal of Fulfilled Absence was seen as the pinnacle. His work doesn’t reference any recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, he uses references and ideas that are so integrated into the process of the composition of the work that they may escape those who do not take the time to explore how and why these images haunt you, like a good film, long after you’ve seen them.
"It took us 10 days to come here. They torched our house, stole the animals, money, everything. They killed children, men and women like animals, they raped women. I don't know why they do this. We don’t have any place to stay now; there is no existence." - Mohammad Alam.
Rohingya are a Muslim minority in Myanmar regarded by many Myanmar Buddhists as illegal migrants from Bangladesh. They are denied citizenship in Myanmar and have been described as the world's most persecuted minority. Since the 1970's Rohingya refugees have been coming to Bangladesh from Myanmar. In the 1990s more than 250,000 resided in refugees camps in Bangladesh. In the early 2000's all but 20,000 of them were repatriated to Myanmar, some against their will. As of December 2017, an estimated 655,000 to 700,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh since August 25th, 2017, to avoid ethnic and religious cleansing by Myanmar's security forces. The Myanmar military and locals have carried out mass rapes of Rohingya. A large portion of Rohingya women aged between 13 and 45 who have managed to escape Myanmar are rape victims. Historically Rohingya have deep roots in northern Rakhine, also called Arakan. Rohingyas have been there since first settlements in the 7th century. Coming from centuries-old ethno-religious divisions, the Rohingya crisis has serious regional and global ramifications.
Rohingya Muslims, who have spent four days in the open after crossing over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, carry their children and belongings after being allowed to proceed towards a refugee camp. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25th, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages. Myanmar's government has said it was responding to attacks by Muslim insurgents, but the United Nations and others condemned the response as disproportionate. Anjuman Para, Ukhiya, Bangladesh, October 19th, 2017.
A newly-arrived Rohingya woman wades through water carrying her son after two days in the open after crossing over from Myanmar into Bangladesh. She is headed for refugee camps at Anjuman Para. Ukhiya, Bangladesh, October 17th, 2017.
A Rohingya woman who has fled persecution in Myanmar is borne by others as they wait along the border for permission to move further towards refugee camps near Teknaf, Bangladesh.
A sick Rohingya woman, who has crossed over into Bangladesh, walks towards a makeshift hospital. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have crossed the border earlier this week are camping with little or no food and no sanitation, spending days and nights in open fields with just plastic sheets to cover them in the no man's land of the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Anjuman Para, Bangladesh, October 18th, 2017.
Bangladeshi villagers cover bodies of Rohingya women and children.Three boats carrying Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar have capsized. Over two dozen bodies of drowned women and children were recovered. Shah Porir Deep, Teknaf, Bangladesh.
A Rohingya father, having crossed into Bangladesh, walks with his sick child towards a makeshift hospital. Anjuman Para, Bangladesh, October 18, 2017.
Bangladesh border guards have arrested boatmen accused of trying to smuggle Myanmar's Rohingya into Bangladesh by boat. Shah Porir Deep, Teknaf, Bangladesh. October 3rd, 2017.
A Rohingya woman Nur Fatima, now in Bangladesh, sits on a hill with her four months-old daughter Asma Bibi. Jamtoli refugee camp, Bangladesh, October 4th, 2017.
Rohingya boys from Myanmar cry as their mother is admitted to a makeshift hospital. Anjuman Para, Ukhiya, Bangladesh.
Mohammad Alam, 27, shows the burns of his two year-old child Ajij Khan. Mohammad Alam said the boy was burned when Myanmar's soldiers torched their house. Potibinia refugee camp, Ukhiya, Bangladesh.
A newly arrived Rohingya woman sits in the rain under an umbrella.Thousands more Rohingya Muslims are fleeing sweeping violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh, where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps. Refugee camp, Ukhiya, Bangladesh. October 19th, 2017.
A recently arrived Rohingya child eats his lunch at a refugee camp. Balukhali, Ukhiya, Bangladesh.
A newly arrived Rohingya woman, Anowara Begum, 30, carries her sick child to a makeshift hospital. Balukhali refugee camp, Ukhiya, Bangladesh.
A Rohingya woman, left, 9 months pregnant, rests in her husband's lap after being detained by Bangladeshi border guards while crossing the Naf River. Shah Porir Deep, Teknaf, Bangladesh.
An aerial view of the Balukhali Rohingya camp. Ukhiya, Bangladesh.