Eleven female artists have displayed their paintings addressing women and other issues at a group show titled ‘Commemoration’ underway at Abinta Gallery of Fine Arts in Badda.
The exhibition, which has been organised by women artists’ association Shako, features 48 artworks by eight Shako artists and three invited artists.
The participating Shako artists are Farida Zaman, Naima Haque, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Kuhu Plamondon, Fareha Zeba, Shulekha Chaudhury, Rebeka Sultana Moly and Farzana Islam Milky, while the invited artists are Thai ambassador to Bangladesh Panpimon Suwannapongse, expatriate Bangladeshi artist living in Australia Sharmin Huq and expatriate Bangladeshi artist living in India Mahjabin Imam Majumdar.
Swedish ambassador Charlotta Schlyter inaugurated the group show on Friday, in presence of eminent artist Mustafa Monowar, Daily Ittefaq acting editor Tasmima Hossain and Abinta Gallery of Fine Arts chairperson Nilu Rowshon Murshed.
The displayed artworks address diverse issues like struggles of women in patriarchal society, womanhood and motherhood and others. Besides, the show also features landscape paintings and sculptures.
Artist Fareha Zeba has depicted how women are forced to remain silent in patriarchal society in her acrylic paintings Muteness 1 and 2. The artworks show women whose mouths have been shut and stitched.
Artist Kanak Chanpa Chakma, on the other hand, has portrayed beautiful women of different ethnic minority communities living in the hill tracts of the country in her acrylic paintings like Sonabi and Friends.
Besides, the artist has also depicted the idyllic and scenic beauty of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in paintings like Shubolong Fall, Evening and Morning.
Shulekha Chaudhury has portrayed different stages of a woman’s life from childhood to old age in her acrylic series named Golpogatha. Chaudhury’s paintings celebrate women of all ages.
Seasoned artist Farida Zaman has displayed five of her signature acrylic compositions under the series titled ‘My Country My Nature’ where the artist has used strong colours like red, blue, white and black to depict natural beauty of the country.
Thai ambassador Panpimon Suwannapongse’s displayed artwork From Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal is an eye-catching piece. The artwork, done in mixed media on wood board, shows a river flowing along a serpentine path from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal.
Artist Mahjabin Imam Majumdar has portrayed how men are turning beautiful Kashmir into a hell on Earth with constant warfare in her seven dry pastel works under the series named Book of Allusion. In the works, the artist has shown sad faces of Kashmiri women and elderly people.
The exhibition will remain open for all till April 30.
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