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Sarker Protick, Artist, Sydney, Australia, 2018

by Ingvar Kenne

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 Finalist

Two days after I met and photographed Sarker, he was to fly back to his native Bangladesh, a journey filled with uncertainty. His friend and colleague, photographer and activist Shahidul Alam, had been jailed and tortured only a month earlier, along with hundreds of other people who had openly voiced their dissent towards the government on social media. Sarker, having tried to raise awareness of the situation, had no way of knowing if his own arrival would be a cause of concern.

This portrait is part of a series, CITIZEN – ongoing for 25 years thus far – where I have portrayed people with the same taxonomical approach, adhering to strict technical and emotional parameters.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Other NPPP photos from Ingvar Kenne

Alexis Wright, 2009 (printed 2014) Ingvar Kenne
NPPP 2010 Finalist
Martin Mishkulnig, 2006 by Ingvar Kenne
NPPP 2007 Finalist
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne
NPPP 2009 Winner
Hanna and Reda, 2011 by Ingvar Kenne
NPPP 2012 Finalist

Related information

Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009

Citizen Kenne

Magazine article by April Thompson, 2013

April Thompson explores an exhibition of Ingvar Kenne’s global portrait project.

Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Previous exhibition, 2019

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne

Ingvar Kenne

Citizen

Previous exhibition, 2012

Swedish-born Australian photographer, Ingvar Kenne, captures both individuality and shared human experience in his ongoing portrait project Citizen.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.