“My work aims to give a voice to the voiceless. I hope my work will help the Hijras find breathing space in a claustrophobic society and find new friends in their friendless world.”
Shahria Sharmin, photographer
The Hivos sponsored photo exhibition Call me Heena provides an intimate view of the lives of Hijras in Bangladesh. While Hijras have a long recorded history in Bangladesh, and are believed to be able to bless ones’ house with prosperity, in recent years it has become exceedingly difficult for Hijras to live normal lives. The exhibition captures their daily lives in telling black-and-white pictures.
Hijra is a South Asian term with no exact match in the modern western taxonomy of gender. It refers to a person who is identified as male at birth, but who has a female gender identity and eventually adopts gender roles associated with women.
Hivos invites you to visit the exhibition in the Old Lutheran Church, during the Amsterdam Gay Pride. You are also welcome to assist a special event on August 2nd. You can find more information on the flyer attached.
Photo exhibition Call me Heena by Shahria Sharmin
When: Wednesday July 26th – Saturday August 5th
Where: Old Lutheran Church, Singel 411 / Corner Spui, Amsterdam
Entrance is free of charge
More information about the exhibition and other Gay Pride related events in the Old Lutheran Church can be found on http://www.diaconie.com/nieuws/2017/Amsterdam_Pride.html.
Hivos believes that all people should be able to express their sexual orientation and gender identity freely, without having to suffer threats, violence or exclusion. Art can contribute to achieve this.