The group art exhibition, Jolkonya, showcased works by emerging female and male artists concluded recently at Bishwo Sahitta Kendro. The paintings at the show depicted the lives of rural women, mother-daughter relationships, Goddess Durga, women's contributions to the society as well as incidents of violence against women.
The four-day exhibition was arranged by Jolkonya, an organisation of female artists who have been working together for establishing women's rights through art. The exhibition featured 39 paintings by 19 artists, which were created using a range of media, including watercolour and acrylic on canvas and paper. Writer and novelist Hasnat Abdul Hye inaugurated the exhibition on March 8 as the chief guest.
The participating artists at the exhibit included Suporna Alice Gomes, Sabia Nasrin, Alina Chakma, Anamika Sur, Afrin Sultana, Alicen Griffith Gomes, Farhana Ferdausi, Farzana Alam, Hridi Arddra Ahmed, Jaquline Ria Rozario, Meghamala Aka, Mustari Fahmida Afrin, Nibadita Mondol, S B Nusrat Jahan, Shuchita Saparya, Sneha Caren Gomes and Tania Farabi along with male artists Palash Kumar Das and Mahfuzur Rahman.
Suporna Alice Gomes's acrylic painting, My Mother 2, represented the bond between a mother and daughter. Afrin Sultana's acrylic and mixed media panting, Break the Silence showed a woman screaming as a perpetrator approaches her. In the background, the artist used newspaper cuttings that showed news headlines of violence against women.
Meghamala Aka's acrylic painting, Durga Rupi Chhatri, symbolised the power of women portrayed through Goddess Durga, while Tania Farabi's Reddish Wounds in Violent Swings, a realistic rendition, depicted a woman's head grabbed from behind, while she was being gagged by another pair of hands. Alina Chakma's watercolour, Kaj, portrayed ethnic women working in a jhumfield.