——The Urban Poor of Bangladesh
Artists: Li Di
Curator: Shi Lin
Academic Adviser: Na Risong
2015.05.23 - 2015.06.14
In 2014, Li Di went to Bangladesh to record the lives of the urban poor in the capital city of Dhaka, and the second city of Chittagong. Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, and 49.8% of its people live below the poverty line. Countless people move from the countryside to the cities in the hopes of better lives, but the cities are unprepared to accommodate them. In order to survive, they use every inch of urban space and every material you can imagine; the ways in which these spaces and materials are combined will greatly expand your definition of a “home.” Undoubtedly, they pay a price in terms of nutrition, hygiene, and safety. The poverty is extreme, the pollution is shocking, and life is not valued. The living conditions of these people deeply disturbed Li, and he recorded it all with his camera.
Photography critic Bao Kun said of the series, “Chinese people have progressed from being photographed to taking the photographs. The course of history changes very gradually, but in this process, it is only when we look back that we realized how far we have come. Li’s photographs of Bangladesh remind us of this.”
Li Di (b. 1953) is an independent photographer who has taken documentary photographs since 2008. The Urban Poor of Bangladesh is one of his most recent projects.