Rahman presents 20 photographs from her series 'The Power Box' (2019-2021) as part of the main exhibition of 8th Edition of the Triennial. ‘The Power Box’ is a photographic typological survey of televisions in the villages of communities in Chalan Bill, Bangladesh’s largest wetlands. With no electricity, the inhabitants’ televisions are operated by battery. Without satellite channels, they have access to only state-run channels, allowing for a significant amount of propaganda, and therefore political influence, to reach them. Rahman’s series portrays each television as a character, with an individual personality adorned with vibrant fabrics, rather than an object.
"The 8th edition of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg uses the theme of Currency to invite reflection on the contemporary power of the photograph to relay and relate meaning across distance. Extending this economic term to art and visual culture guides a multipart engagement with photography and its relationship to value-making, canon-making, access, circulation, and knowledge production."
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