Cartoons portray screen addiction

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 22:06, Dec 27,2019


Visitors look at displayed cartoons at ‘BANCARAS- WACOM Cartoon Exhibition 2019’ at Gallery 27 in Dhanmondi on Thursday. — Sourav Lasker

In today’s technology-driven world, almost all of us spend a major part of our daily life staring at the screens of television sets, smartphones or computers.

We depend on them for multiple reasons, including work, entertainment and others. However, the more time we spend watching the screens the less we are left with for reading, sleeping, social interactions and so on.

Portraying the negative effects of screen addiction Bangladesh Cartoonist Association with the support of wacom has organised a three-day cartoon exhibition, titled ‘Bancaras- Wacom Cartoon Exhibition 2019’, at Gallery 27 in Dhanmondi. It is sponsored by Red Apples Computer’s.

The exhibition is featuring a total of 86 cartoons by 42 cartoonists.

Renowned cartoonist and editor of Unmad Ahsan Habib inaugurated the exhibition on Thursday. Proprietor of Red Apples Computer’s Noor Hossain and president of BANCARAS Zahid Hasan Benu were present at the inaugural ceremony.

Three best cartoonists were awarded at the inaugural ceremony. Ahsan Habib was the judge for the event.

Jahin Abrar got the 1st prize, Redwan Noor bagged 2nd prize and Shourov Hasan got 3rd prize.

To mention a few works, Unmad cartoonist Arif Iqbal’s cartoon shows a person dragging a huge smartphone with him visiting a centre for people with disabilities.

Shourov Hasan’s cartoon shows a girl with her head stuck in a computer monitor.

Mehedi Haque’s cartoon shows people running towards hell in joy because it offers free wi-fi.

SM Rakibur Rahman’s cartoon depicts the contemporary generation’s dependency on Facebook. It shows small water drops falling on a human brain put under a blue pipe resembling the English alphabet ‘f’.

Sabyasachi Chakma’s cartoon shows a boy urging people on the social media to help the destitute in society, all the while completely ignoring the two starving children on street right in front of him.

‘People from all walks of life have been suffering from screen addiction, which is impacting our well-being. These cartoons give viewers a glimpse into negative effects of screen addiction,’ Tanzim Ahmad, a participant, told New Age.

The exhibition will end today.

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