Taslima Akhter and Betty Yu will present their work, each rooted in the garment industry and labor rights from two distinct visual approaches. They’ll be in dialogue together about collaborating with garment workers, personal ties to the issues they represent, and how their activism has been augmented by their artistic processes.
Taslima Akhter is a Bangladeshi photographer and garment worker activist. This year, she’s sharing her work in an exhibition titled Stitching Together: Garment Workers in Solidarity. Taslima has been a witness to workers’ struggles for the last 11 years and has contributed to multiple books and projects as the Chair of Garment Sromik Samhoti (Bangladesh Garment Workers Solidarity). Taslima was a Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice fellow in 2011, the program’s second year, where she received intensive training on the use of photography to serve critical social justice issues.