100 women artists unite for group show

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:03, Mar 07,2018


Visitors look at paintings at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. — Snigdha Zaman

One hundred women artists are displaying artworks depicting women’s issues, life struggles of women and others at a group show underway at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The show titled ‘Madhabilata’ is featuring 150 paintings by 100 former and current female fine arts students of University of Development Alternative. The show has been organised by UODA in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

In most of the paintings, artists have shown how women are marginalised and silenced in the male dominated society.

Artist Madhabi Sultana’s acrylic painting titled ‘Outrage of Money’ shows how women have been used as a salable product. The painting shows a woman with sad expression on her face tied up in a rope surrounded by bank notes.

Bithika Zoddar, in her colourful untitled acrylic painting, shows a woman whose eyes and mouth have been sewn shut. The painting depicts how women are being deprived of right to free speech in society.

Jesmin Alam has addressed the harassment of women in her oil painting titled ‘Opression’ and Sultana Doula has depicted the struggles of women in society by portraying a woman surrounded by cactus plants.

Toma Debnath’s Violence against Women, Maimuna binte Ali’s Bondi Sotta, Parvin Yasmin Nahar’s Kholosh and many other displayed works depict oppression against women.

Some participating artists have depicted women’s contribution, beauty and motherhood in their displayed works. Besides, paintings portraying landscapes and figures have also been displayed at the show.

Speaker of the parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury inaugurated the exhibition on Tuesday in presence of state minister of women and children affairs ministry Meher Afroz Chumki, UODA founding chairman Mujib Khan, UODA fine arts department chairman Shahjahan Ahmed Bikash and others.

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky presided over the inauguration programme.  

BSA repertory artistes staged a recitation production titled ‘Mahiyasi Nari’ at the programme. The production, directed by Liaquat Ali Lucky and compiled by Mahfuza Hilali, depicted the life and works of women’s rights activist Begum Rokeya.

The exhibition will remain open till March 12.

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