Bristy focuses on autism in solo show

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Mar 28,2019 | Updated: 22:38, Mar 27,2019


Visitors look at an installation at the exhibition.

Artist Salma Zakia Bristy has focused on autism and the unique worldview of autistic children in her second solo exhibition now running at La Galleria of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.
Titled ‘A Way to Break Beyond’, the show features around 30 acrylic paintings and an installation depicting the lives, challenges and uniqueness of autistic children.
In the installation named ‘The Superhuman Syndrome’, Bristy has portrayed a strong narrative of her autistic son Aveen’s everyday activities.
The installation work features a seven-minute video of Aveen’s life, which is projected on a canvas painted by his mother. Bristy has also displayed Aveen’s cycle, football along with toys and other materials of daily use to give the viewers a glimpse into her autistic child’s life for making them aware that autism should be dealt with affection.
‘When most of the parents want to hide disability of their children considering it as a problem, I thought I should address it as an issue through my art. So, I picked my autistic son as the theme for my work,’ said Bristy, who won Grand Prize at the 18th edition of Asian Art Biennale for the installation.
Bristy’s acrylic paintings are mainly abstract compositions where shades of subdued colours are used to evoke emotions.
Inaugurated on March 22, the show will remain open till April 2.

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