Group show portrays life amid quarantine

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 22:13, Jul 24,2020


Artworks from the exhibition.

Artists have portrayed the impact of COVID-19 and life amid quarantine at a virtual group art exhibition, titled ‘Bekar Idea’, organised by King Kartabya.

The 23-day exhibition which commenced on July 10, features 43 artworks by 23 artists, who have used different everyday objects, such as, shirt, pant, wrist watch, sunglass, makeup box and others, to portray messages. Viewers can watch the works visiting the Facebook page and instagram account of King Kartabya.

The displayed artworks consist of paintings, installations, photography, digital and video art and more.

The participating artists include Jinnatun Jannat, Arzina Ahasan, Tarana Halim, Mehedi Hasan, Al Nasir, Shabnam Shuva, Redwan Ahmed Araf, Dolon Kundu, Zahangir Alom, Sarah Jabin, MR Tamzid, Tania Rahman Roshni and others.

‘We are spending our days staying inside our homes. We cannot go outside as coronavirus is still at large. Many people are working from home. The COVID-19 outbreak has claimed many lives till date and decimated livelihoods of people. As people are spending their days at home, they rarely use attires and everyday objects that are worn outside. So I thought about organising an exhibition featuring everyday objects. When I shared my idea with my fellow artists, they agreed right away,’ Mehedi Hasan, coordinator of the exhibition, told New Age.

Arzina Ahasan’s video art, titled ‘Mannequin Challenge’, features people and other objects frozen in action like mannequins, which were filmed by a moving camera. The artist has filmed various people playing different games including Kanamachi, Gollachut, Bauchi, Dariyabanda, Moroglarai, Kabaddi, Ha-du-du and others.

Mehedi Hasan’s photograph titled ‘Deyale Dinlipi’ shows a shirt and a pair of shoes taped to a wall.

Shabnam Shuva’s photograph titled ‘Captivity’ shows a pair of legs belonging to different individuals chained together.

Dolon Kundu’s collage work titled ‘Reverse’ shows bobby pin and ear phone pasted on a white board.

Zahangir Alom has depicted nature in watercolour paintings, titled ‘Thoughts of Freedom While Being Caged’, which comprises different colourful flowers, greenery and others.

The exhibition will end on August 1.

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