Bijoygram

BijoygramĀ is a documentary video- and photo installation portraying socially engaged based art project realised in the Chattogram City, Southern Bangladesh. In the project artists JP Kaljonen (FI) and Abu Naser Robii (BD) develops an annual cultural festival which aims to connect and deepen interaction between the inhabitants of the middle class Bijoy Nogor neighborhood and nearby Lalianchor (by nickname Gucchagram) slum. The slum is inhabited by landless people and environmental refugees from the Southern parts of Bangladesh. Even the neighborhoods are located next to each other vast social differences keep the inhabitants of the two areas segregated, preventing them to develop the area together.

The artwork has been realised as part of the Floating Peers 2013 International Social Practice Workshop project designed and coordinated by Kaljonen and Robii. In the project 37 artists from different countries made socially engaged art projects together with the Lalianchor slum inhabitants.