Date of Birth : 28th February 1988
Recognition (select listing):
2022 Finalist for The 2022 Sovereign Asian Art Prize
2021 Format Festival Open Call Award 2021
2020 Finalist Samdani Art Award
2020 Nominated for Leica Oskar Barnack Award
2020 New York Times Portfolio Review
2019 12 Women Photographer to watch in 2019 by PH museum
2018 Joop Swart Master Class by World Press Photo
2018 Finalist IPA award
2018 Finalist Samdani Art Award
Grants & Commissions :
2021 Curate POP UP project by Goethe Institute Bangladesh
2021 Horizontal Project by Kaspersky
2021 C3- community, Goethe-institute, Bangladesh
2021 Stitching Screens grant by FICA – Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art,
India and Samdani Art Foundation, India
Man Male Masculine by Goethe Chennai, India
‘ ‘The typology of wounds, the mapping of healing’
Gallery Vitrine, Basel, Switzerland. 2021-2022
‘ I Belong’ Drik Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 2022
Exhibition (select listing):
2022 PHOTO 2020 International Photo festival, Australia
2022 ‘Rehang’ at Bikaner House, New Delhi, India
2021 Bangladesh Art Week, Foundry, Dubai
2021 MAPS X MSF More than a Photo Collective Exhibition, Zurich, Switgerland.
2021 Photo SCHWEIZ festival, Zurich (CHE), Switgerland.
2021 RESET — Exploring the transformations that are emerging from the turmoil our
modern societies face, demarkten, Brussels, Belgium.
2021 Format Festival 2021, The United Kingdom
2020 F3 – Space for Photography (F3– Freiraum for Fotografie), Berlin, Germany
2020 Lumix Festival 2020, Curated by karen Fromm, Hannover, Germany
2020 Dhaka Art Summit 2020, Curated by Philippe Pirotte, Bangladesh
2019 “Princesses-des-villes” Curated by Hugo Vitrani and Fabien Danesi at Palais de Tokyo,
2019 ‘Catalyst’ Jimei X Arles international photo festival, Curated by Rahaab Alna, China.
2019 “Fabric(ated) Fractures”Curated by Diana Campbell, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
2019 “Women in Photography Exhibition” Curated by Emmeline Yong at Objectifs (Centre for
film and photography), Singapore.
2019 “Chobi Mela X” International Photography Festival, Curated by Zihan Karim, Dhaka,
2018 Lumix Festival 2018, Curated by Tanzim Wahab, Hannover, Germany.
2018 Indian Photo Festival 2018 (IPF), Hyderabad, India.
2018 Dhaka Art Summit 2018, Curated by Simon Castets Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2017 Exhibition “Cross Road”, Curated by Sophia Greiff Hannover, Germany.
2016 Exhibited in Muslin Festival Curated by Rezaur Rahman National Museum, Dhaka,
project ‘A time comes we hear Nothing’ is a collaboration with artist Amol K Patil. Supported
by SAF, BD and FICA, IND. Featured by confine 2021, South Asian Digital Arts Festival.
‘‘Learning From Puran Dhaka’ long term community art initiative that focuses on tangible
intangible heritage conservation of old town Dhaka. This project supported by UNIC umbrella
project by EU delegation, German cultural centre BD, French cultural centre BD, British Cultural
centre BD, Spanish Cultural centre BD, Belgium Cultural centre BD.
This project includes year long different art & education program focused on heritage conservation.
Floating photography school
Floating photography school for children on a boat in villages surrounded by water. Focused
to explores local resources. Provides different photography and printing workshops with
interested children from the local community. Travel exhibition and a projection on a boat.
Panelist (select listing):
2021 The Master Symposium 2021. ‘Seeing into the Heart of Things: Earth and Equality Within
Indigenous and Ancestral Knowledges’ hosted by the University Institute Art Gender
Nature HGK FHNW in Basel in collaboration with CULTURES CAPES 2021 Amazonia.
2021 Chair of the panels ‘The Horasis Global Meeting’ Under the theme of ‘The Arts: Towards
a Feminist Future’
Publication ( Select listing)
2021 Blume Magazine
2021 Geo Magazine
2020- Better Photography Magazine
2020- Musee Magazine
2019- Amnesty International
2019- Dreamideamachine ART VIEW
2019- Palais magazine
2019- Document Journal
2019- Art Viewer
2019- The Hindu
2019- Art News
2018- Lensculture Blog
2018- Daily Prothom Alo
2017- Hannoversche Allgemeine
Article (select listing):
Podcast (select listing):
Art around the table / Samdani Art Foundation –
Format Festival / Pannel Discussion
Chennai photo Biennale –
Lumix Festival –
Faculty Member (Current)
Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute Dhaka, Bangladesh
Maps Images Agency Brussels, Belgium
Exhibition Coordinator 2021
Chobi Mela International Photo festival 2021 Dhaka, Bangladesh
Young’ Feminist Network 2020-2021
The Goethe-Institut, BD and the Deutsche Welle (DW) Akademie
Festival Design Program Core Team (2019-2020) Dhaka Art Summit 2019-2020
2017 Professional Diploma, Photography University of Applied Sciences and Arts,
Hochschule Hannover (HsH), Germany.
2016 Three (3) Year Professional Diploma, Professional Photography, South Asia Media Academy
2012 Master of Business Administration (MBA)(ongoing) Finance, Department of Finance,
University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
2011 Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Finance and Banking, State University of
Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2006 Diploma in Indian Classical Dance -2010, BAFA- Bangladesh.
Showcase Digital (work on process) X Museum China
Ashfika Rahman lives and works in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her practice straddles art and documentary, drawing inspiration from historical archives that she recontextualises using contemporary media. She has a Professional Diploma in Photography from Pathshala, Dhaka, (2016) and has studied photography in Hochschule Hannover, Germany (2017). In 2018, she was selected for the Joop Swart Master Class by World Press Photo Foundation.
Rahman has held a solo show at Vitrine, Basel, and exhibited in festivals and museums internationally including Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Dhaka Art Summit (2018 & 2020); Lumix Festival (2018 & 2020), Hannover; Chobi Mela X, Dhaka; Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, China; F3 – Freiraum for Fotografie, Berlin; FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, UK; Alserkal Avenue, Dubai; Objectifs, Singapore; Indian Photo Festival, Hyderabad; Muslin Festival, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka; Bangladesh Art Week 2021, Dhaka; Photo SCHWEIZ, Zürich. Bikaner House, New Delhi. She is a faculty member of Pathshala (South Asian Media Academy) and a member of the MAPS images agency.