Group show portrays struggles of working class

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jun 01,2019

 
 

Paintings by Mahbub Jamal Shamim, left, and Moniruzzaman Shipu

Seasoned and upcoming artists and photographers gave the audience a glimpse into the plights of the working class at a week-long exhibition held at Charupith Gallery in Jashore.
The exhibition titled ‘10th Rongottor Art Exhibition’ was organised by Terracotta Creatives Multimedia and displayed thought provoking works.
Deputy commissioner of Jashore district Md Abdul Awal inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest on
May 25.
Rongottor is an initiative which aims to engage artists with local communities who are otherwise deprived of the opportunity to pursue art, with a strong preference for rural and remote areas. With this social commitment as a guiding principle, Rongottor has already organised several art camps, workshops, and art and photography exhibitions along with other events in different parts of Bangladesh.
Under the initiative, a day-long street exhibition portraying struggles of the working class was held at Satmasjid Road in Dhanmondi on May 1 marking International Workers’ Day.
The event featured a total of 35 artworks comprising 24 photographs and 11 paintings.
Amitabh Sarkar’s painting titled ‘Livelihood’ shows an old man pulling a rickshaw.
Moniruzzaman Shipu’s untitled painting shows a rickshaw-puller repairing the rickshaw chain.
Mahbub Jamal Shamim has depicted contribution of brick masons in his untitled painting that shows a building with a human head on top of it.
Zia Raihan’s untitled photograph shows an
elderly man working as a day labourer at a construction site.
Abu Rasel Rony’s untitled photograph reduces the figural motif and turns it into a symbol, showing only a toe of a worker in black and white.
Besides, the event also featured works by Uzan Rahman, Mrittika Kamal, Manirujjaman Shipu, Mahbub Jamal Shamim, Arshad Ron, Samiha Ahmed, Sakira Muntahina, Amitab Sarker, Abu Rasel Rony, Zia Raihan, Farida Alam and others.
The exhibition ended on May 31.

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