Impressions are left in all, but it is in the young hearts that their marks are more visible. In this project I collaborated with students of Dhaka Muslim Government High School to find a common ground. The backgrounds of my art works consist of digitally manipulated photos & they represent the status quo. With the dotted images I wanted to connect the artistic world to the real world where instability, frustration thrive as reality continuously makes its incursions into our privately constructed worlds making us look dwarflike in front of the power & its tools of hegemony. The modernized techno-human turns into a virtual entity compared to the homo sapiens of flesh & blood. Capital & its systematic onslaughts on human society where once we were united to ensure that the greater goals of humanity are achieved by connecting to one another.
Over an infant’s crying face, when students began to draw, they simply followed no rules. They freely chose their subject matters – from a basket of food to scenes from the wars waged on different countries & also wars that has been brought on by spurious claims & by imperial design, as was the case in Palestine, the state that is now divided following the Balfour Declaration. However, war for children is just plain evil – a parasite that destroys everything.
War stands in contrast to humanity, memory stands in contrast to unwanted changes, and all these are a way for artists to voice their dissent. This project using the face of a baby is not only an interactive space but also an ongoing artistic endeavor – one that directly addresses the urban, social, global issue of change that never benefits the people & their environment.
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