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12:00 AM, November 20, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 20, 2018

Young artists address poverty through ‘Bhanga Ghor’

Cosmo Concepts, a group consisting of young event organisers and aspiring artists, put together an art exhibition titled, 'Bhanga Ghor', recently at Drik Gallery. Six boys and girls, all students aged between 16 to 21, worked with the theme of poverty in Bangladesh for the exhibition.

According to the President of Cosmo Concepts, Edward William, and exhibiting artist and organiser, Aysha Mahmood, the idea of the exhibition grew out of the economic conditions, they as youngsters, saw all around them. The huge disparities and gaps that remain to be overcome in our society urged them to take action and create awareness in any way they could. “From being one of the poorest nations in the world before 1971, we have come a long way,” said William. “But we have further progress to make and we tried to highlight that in this exhibition.”

The artworks included colourful illustrations that depict playfulness at first glance, but reveal inequalities and injustices upon closer inspection. For instance, in one of the artworks, a young boy was seen cleaning a car while another boy of similar age comfortably sat inside. There were skillfully crafted paintings in oil and acrylic that showed the darkness of deprivation.

Around 30 artists, all handpicked by the organisers, exhibited in the show. Cosmo Concepts had posted an open call for artworks on Facebook and received submissions from aspiring artists of all ages working in different media.

William also said that the title of the show was easy to decide, as a bhanga ghor, (broken home), tactfully conveys the themes of poverty and hardship.

 In the modern day, when there is a lot to feel hopeless about, Bhanga Ghor was a positive initiative, not only for the relevant theme but also because it was proof that the youth of our country are aware and are taking action. It is inspiring that they are choosing the arts as an avenue to bolster their causes, as the importance of creative outlets, especially for the youth, grows in its urgency with every passing day.

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