Never change the Dhaka system? By selling their dreams of self-realization and self-determination to a system so bitterly corrupted, the people in Dhaka seems to go to their physical and psychological limits in order to reach social independence.
“About changing a running system” is a photoessay about hidden social struggles in the capital Dhaka, an overcrowded 16 million people city in the heart of Bangladesh. It focusses on the contradiction of the rough environment and the Bangla way to scope with these struggles.
With a constantly rising GDP of around 7 % e.y. the now almost 58 year old democracy has the ongoing problem to independently work on decreasing inequality and rising of religious extremism in a 160 million strong society. Bangladesh depends on the whirlwind of national and international economical interests with ever present corruption. Caught in the running system that seems not to be changed by external interests, a majority is fighting their struggle against financial corruption, ecological problems and social issues as best as they can. Only their beliefs in a better future, their dreams and an incomparable resilience guides them through their daily struggles in an oppressive system.
All photos are made in 2018 during “Personal Project” class at Pathshala South Asia Media School, Dhaka with Tanzim Wahab.