Paintings portray women’s issues

Rakib Hasan | Published: 22:33, Mar 10,2020


A visitor looks at displayed paintings at the group show ‘Jolkonya’ at Bishwa Sahitya Kendra on Monday. — Abdullah Apu

A group painting exhibition featuring works by 18 upcoming female and two male artists depicting various women‘s issues including life of women, their contribution to society as well as violence against women is under way at Bishwa Sahitya Kendra in the capital’s Banglamotor.

The four-day exhibition titled ‘Jolkonya’ has been organised by Jolkonya, an organisation of women artists who have been working together for establishing the women’s rights through paint and brush strokes.

The exhibition features 40 paintings by 20 artists which have been created using a range of mediums like watercolour, acrylic, ink, mixed media on canvas and paper.

The paintings address issues like violence against women, motherhood, lives of rural housewives, love between mother and daughter, goddess Durga, women’s empowerment and other issues related to women.

Women artists namely Suporna Alice Gomes, Sabia Nasrin, Alina Chakma, Anamika Sur, Afrin Sultana, Alicen Griffith Gomes, Farhana Ferdausi, Farzana Alam, Hridi Arddra Ahmed, Israt Jahan Shukhi, Jasquline, Meghamala Aka, Mustari Fahmida Afrin, Nibadita Mondol, SB Nusrat Jahan, Shuchita Saparya, Sneha Caren Gomes and Tania Farabi along with male artists Palash Kumar Das and Mahfuzur Rahman have displayed their works at the show.

Writer and novelist Hasnat Abdul Hye inaugurated the exhibition on March 8 as chief guest.

To mention a few works, Suporna Alice Gomes’s acrylic painting titled ‘My Mother 2’, shows a mother is combing her daughter’s hair sitting in front of their house, while two other children are playing at the yard.

Afrin Sultana’s acrylic and mixed media panting titled ‘Break the Silence’ shows a woman screaming while a hand of a perpetrator approaches her. In the background, the artist has used newspaper cuttings that show headlines of news of violence against women.

Meghamala Aka’s acrylic painting titled ‘Durga Rupi Chhatri’ shows the power of women portrayed through the goddess Durga while Tania Farabi’s ‘Reddish Wounds in Violent Swings’, a realistic rendition, portrays a woman’s head grabbed from behind while she is also being gagged by another pair of hands.

Alina Chakma’s watercolour work titled ‘Kaj’ shows ethnic minority women working in a jhum field.

The exhibition will end on today.

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