In this panel you will hear from members and collaborators of Rohingyatographer, a photography magazine based out of Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh in the world’s largest refugee camp. Rohingyatographer works to make the lives of refugees visible through their own eyes. The group presents one of their first projects at Head On Photo Festival 2022, with their exhibition We are Rohingya.
Hear from Sahat Zia Hero, the founder of Rohingatographer and long-time photographer and acitivist. Ro Yassin Abdumonab will speak to his experience as a senior refugee photographer for international media outlets and his role as a mentor who runs photography workshops in the camp. David Palazon, the producer and curator of the collective, will discuss his role as a fundraiser and mentor along with the project’s conceptual framework. Regina de la Portilla, Comms Officer of the UNHCR will make an introduction detailing the situation of the refugee camp and how the UNHCR supports the project.
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Regina de la Portilla is a UNHCR Communication Officer in Bangladesh, working with the UN Refugee Agency since 2016. She served refugees and internally displaced persons and refugees living in Latin America, coordinating, and articulating UNHCR’s regional communication strategies for the Colombia and Venezuela situations. A journalist with a masters in Peace and Security Studies, Regina previously worked for the Mexican Presidency Office, the private sector, media, and the development sector.
Sahat Zia Hero is a photographer, multilingual poet and the editor and founder of Rohingyatographer – a non-profit initiative presenting the work of refugee Rohingya photographers based in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. He is the lead photographer of the groups exhibition We are Rohingya which also includes the work of Muhammad Jamal, Ro Yassin Abdomonaf, Omal Khair, Shahida Win, and Muhammad Hasson.
David Palazón (Barcelona, 1972) is a visual artist working in the fields of design, documentary photography and filmmaking, research, curation and production of creative and cultural projects in humanitarian and development contexts. His artworks and films have been exhibited worldwide, receiving international recognition and awards. In 2019, he was appointed by the UN Migration agency as the curator of the Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre. This experience had a profound effect on David, leading to life-long connections with many talented Rohingya photographers and artists. Through these links, the ideas and seeds for the Rohingyatographer Magazine were sown. He remotely supports the project as a producer, designer, curator and mentor.
Ro Yassin Abdumonab worked as a schoolteacher in his native village in Myanmar teaching English, physics and chemistry. He was forced to abandon his university studies when he fled to Bangladesh looking for safety in August 2017. Ro Yassin Abdumonab now works as a freelance photographer, videographer, translator, fixer and writer for different news agencies and NGOs. Beyond documenting the daily lives of Rohingya refugees, he enjoys writing poetry, spending time with his children, and teaching from his home.
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