Noted artist Arham Ul Huq Chowdhury has created metal sculptures for a solo exhibition intended to raise funds for the treatment of people with paralysis.
The exhibition, titled ‘Hard Emotions,’ is currently underway at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka.
It features a total of 26 sculptures created with the help of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Savar.
At the centre, various mobility aids including wheelchairs, stretcher trolleys and crutches are made for the physically disabled being treated there, and the artist has used off-cuts and broken leftovers from these devices to create the sculptures.
Thus, each of the sculptures carries an intense emotional juxtaposition of the agony of the paralysed patients, who lost their ability to move because of spinal cord injuries, and their courage to fight all the obstacles they face in their everyday life.
Anyone entering the gallery would be amazed by the beautiful finish and fine detail of the exhibits and their subject matters. There are human faces, natural elements such as fish and birds, people with guns and swords, boats, clocks and so on.
In several sculptures, Chowdhury has sought to create optical puzzles for the audience. One of them is titled ‘Freedom,’ in which a cage is seen inside another cage. The piece also includes a man coming out of the inner cage as if he is trying to overcome his obstacles. However, he still has the larger cage to conquer.
As an artist, Chowdhury seems to have an interest in architecture and some of his works created an aura of architectural blocks and structures. In the piece titled ‘Dreamer,’ he has created a structure resembling stairs and an individual with wings like a butterfly sitting atop it.
‘CRP is doing a wonderful job and this exhibition is my way of expressing solidarity with its service. Proceeds from the sales of the sculptures would be spent for the paralysed patients undergoing treatment at CRP,’ said Arham Ul Huq Chowdhury.
The exhibition, which is the artist’s 13th, was inaugurated on September 23 and will remain open for the public until October 7.
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