Interview: Labib M. Sharfuddin

Labib M. ShaffurdinLabib M.Sharfuddin, Under construction

Interview: Labib M. Sharfuddin

Labib Mohammad Sharfuddin is a Bangladeshi photographer with keen interest on documentary photography. He was born in 1989 in Rangpur, Bangladesh and has studied photography from Pathshala (South Asian Media Academy), where he participated in various international workshops conducted by prominent professionals and artists, including Munem Wasif, Abir Abdullah, Peter Bialobrzeski, Laurence Leblanc, Philip Blenkinsop and Shahidul Alam. Now he works as freelance photographer.

Labib M. ShaffurdinLabib M.Sharfuddin, Somewhere I belong

Luca Curci – When you start practicing art and why?

Labib Mohammad Sharfuddin – I have family albums that goes 2/3 generations back in time and I grew up with all these amazing family photographs and those made me realize how good it feels to capture something you like or love. The ability to freeze the moment is just amazing. These lovely photographs motivated me. In 2008 I realized I have grown a huge interest in photography and I was always on my phone taking pictures. I don’t know why but I really wanted to learn photography, so I admitted myself into Pathshala (south Asian institute of photography) and I’m glad my photographic journey started.

L.C. – Can you talk about your artistic work? Which are your inspirations?

L.M.S. – “Under Construction” is a body of work that I wanted to do for a long time. It was about exploring a sight of Dhaka that people don’t see. The images have evidences of intrusion, construction and building activity that surreally dominate the landscape. Inspirations are a very important part of every work. Bernd and Hilla Becher, Jeff Wall and Peter Bialobrzeski’s inspired me a lot in a various ways. During Chobi Mela VI I also had a chance to do a workshop with Bialobrzeski.

Labib M. ShaffurdinLabib M.Sharfuddin, Under construction

L.C. – What are you currently working on?

L.M.S. – Currently I’m not working on any projects, taking some time for myself. But soon I will start two projects, which I previously worked on roughly.

L.C. – What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

L.M.S. – “Do what you love, love what you do” I don’t really remember who told me this or how I get to know this but this helps me a lot in what I do.

L.C. – What is art for you?

L.M.S. – For me art is something beautiful, imaginative and creative. Something that questions you and makes you think.

Labib M. ShaffurdinLabib M.Sharfuddin, Object

L.C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?

L.M.S. – It’s been great working with International ArtExpo. It’s really great to see platforms like this where artists from all over the world can come and show their work. It is amazing. Although I couldn’t go to Italy to attend the International Art Expo “Liquid Borders” exhibition, it was great to see such people helping me during that weeks.

Labib M. ShaffurdinLabib M.Sharfuddin, Somewhere I belong (III)

L.C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

L.M.S. – Yes I do think they can. We do not have such facilities here in Bangladesh to be able to send the entry fee, either to be able to make a pro account in See.me to enter a festival or a great opportunity like those ones that International ArtExpo is giving. If there were more chances for artists to enter the competitions and festivals just sending our artworks, that would be amazing. And of course through internet, International ArtExpo can really represent artists through its channels, blogs and website.

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