Genocide'71 - A Memory MaP

Supported by The National Geographic Society

The Project was nominated for Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award 2020.

Though still unrecognized internationally as genocide, in 1971 around 3 million people were killed by the Pakistani military and their collaborators in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). 200,000 to 400,000 women were raped. It’s the price Bangladesh had to pay for its independence. The massacre and the subsequent war that ended with the birth of an independent Bangladesh, started with ‘Operation Search Light’ on 25th March, continued for 9 months. An estimated 7000 people died only on the first night. 10 million people fled and took refuge in India. Hindus, students, Awami League sympathizers, intellectuals and influential leaders were targeted and killed. Countless people were inhumanly tortured to extract information about freedom fighters. Hindu settlements were destroyed. The Pakistani Army and their supporters systematically abducted, killed and dumped bodies in different killing sites.

“Genocide’71 – A Memory Map” is a creative research project, that revisits, investigates and interprets the atrocities that occurred in these killing fields, mass graves, and torture cells. This project creates a visual narrative by photographing these places, in their current state, drawing a conceptual link between the past and the present along with using different mapping techniques and forensic architectural analysis. Combining with portraits and testimonies of eyewitness and survivors, archival letters, documents, articles and objects directly or indirectly connected to the massacres, this project is an effort to retain the memories of the genocide 1971.

Forensic Architectural analysis (3D modeling and composite perspectives) of the first Camp of Razakars (War crime collaborators) in Khulna, which was also an interrogation center and torture cell.

More contents available on request.

Currently the project is accepting collaboration of volunteers from multidisciplinary background.