Ashfika Rahman

B.1989 - Bangladesh Based in Dacca

Ashfika Rahman was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her practice straddles art and documentary, drawing inspiration from 19th century prints which she re-contextualizes using contemporary media. Photography is the predominant medium through which she expresses her views on complex systemic social issues.


Her project ‘Rape is Political’ is a portrait series of tribal rape victims in the remote hills areas of Bangladesh. Which is Bangladesh part of the complex border of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Another project ‘Files of the Disappeared’ is a research and documentation of forceful disappearance and extra judicial killing by state security forces.

Her practice involves extensive research into the power and structure of society and Social issues. She initiates to document the time and challenge the stereotypes of looking at victims, especially at the minors.

Rahman studied photography in Hochschule Hannover, Germany and received a professional degree in Documentary Photography from Pathshala, Bangladesh. She was part of the Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo in 2018. She is a Faculty Member at the Pathshala South Asian Media Academy, Bangladesh.


Selected works