23rd national art exhibition is going on at the national art gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). I wanted to visit the exhibition, although I had a lot of pressure for my midterm examination. I along with friend went to the exhibition and our journey of exploring the exhibition begins.
This year, 322 artworks of 310 artists were selected on different mediums and genres. They were 159 paintings, 45 sculptures, 50 prints, 17 crafts, 8 ceramics, 37 installations and video arts and 7 performance arts were presented in the exhibition. All arts were very beautiful with different concepts as well as thoughts. Many contemporary issues also took place in this program.
After entering into the gallery, I saw an art which shows us to be aware from cutting trees. It was in the shape of the cross. The artist Niloofar Chaman tried to create our feelings and sympathy to the trees because trees are our valuable friends. I could feel it deeply from my heart. The next art I had seen was created by Saidul Haque Juise. The theme and the title of the art is 'Arab Spring.' We all know that Arab Spring is an anti-government movement in North Africa and the Middle East in late 2010. It has several aspects. Artist tried to portray the victims of it by depicting the sculptures of the crows. Here, crows played the role of repressed human beings.
Our great Liberation War is also portrayed in this exhibition. 'Pyramid of 1971' made by sculptor Shahiduzzaman Shilpi remembering us about the 3 million martyrs and the great sacrifice of their life. It was looking like a pyramid and containing many skulls around it. Along with this, some contemporary issues like road accidents, food adulteration, refugee issues and the incident of Churahatta at Chwakbazar also portrayed in this exhibition by several artists.
Sculptures and paintings on feminism and women empowerment are vividly shown. An art named 'Women and Society' created by Nur Munjerin Rimjhim is shown. Another one entitled 'Dignity of Labor' by Sagor Chakroborti portrays the class division between owner and the working class people. 'Women and Nature' made by Ananaya Das, 'Pain in Carcere' by Habiba Akter Papia and Preetibimba-4 by Faria Khanum Tuly attrarcted me very much.
Arts dealt with modern problems named 'We Are Going Fast' by Sharad Das showes us the misery and the bitter truth of the crucial reality. 'Loser' by Shyamal Chandra Sarker, 'Behind My Inexistence-4' by Sudhip Chakma, 'Dream's Devolution-2' by Palash Sheikh, Uncertainty-22 by Sirazam Munira Sawrna, 'Conseience Over Judgement' by Rafiuzzaman Rhythom also shows the universal reality of our post-modern times.
Art exhibition is very important for the growing generation as they can easily know about their president history, culture, social manner and so on. So every youth should visit different museums to gathering knowledge about ancestor.
Department of English, Khilgaon Model University College