Schools since 2005 / Pakistan
Class Rooms - Places spending time as a child -
KnK Photo Exhibition
― Bangladesh ―
Date：2020, September 24 (Thu) ～30 (Wed)
Time：10:00～18:00 27 (Sun) Closed, 30 (Wed) until15:00
Venue：AIDEM Photo Gallery Sirius (Tokyo) ACCESS
September 27 (Sun) 14:00～15:30
Ticket：500 yen (Free for kids and students)
※Held in only online, not in the gallery preventing COVID-19
Dhaka, Bangladesh, is said to be the largest overcrowded city in the world. Children in rural area come to Dhaka alone around the age of 10 for financial reasons. These migrant children work in factories in dim and harsh environments. It is a so-called "child labor".
However, as I proceed with interviews at the factory, I realize that the words "child labor" is not enough to be explained. Employees who have been working in factories since they were young say, "The younger you start working, the sooner you can acquire skills and earn a lot of money." To support that comment, when I interviewed a boy, Bijoy, (13 years old), who has been working at the factory for three years, he just answerd shortly "Yes" and "No" and kept working without changing his face. Its appearance is like a professional worker.
On the other hand, there are some children who have some problems in their homes and leave their homes and come to Dhaka. Many of them are street children who make a living by picking up trash, carrying luggage, and begging. While feeling physical and mental distress in life on the street, they become adults feeling alienated from being left behind by society without love.
Even adults cannot survive in a harsh Bangladeshi society, I would love to support children who grow up without knowing their childhood as staff members of children without borders, and as a photographer, convey the true nature of children to everyone through this photo exhibition.