A solo art exhibition titled ‘Smoron ’71’ (Remembrance: 1971) by artist Shah Mainul Islam Shilpu has begun at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD) in the capital’s Dhanmondi area yesterday.
Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury attended the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest while artist Chandra Shekhar Dey, art critic Moinuddin Khaled and Chief Executive of SKS Foundation Rasel Ahmed Liton was present as the special guests.Some 35 artworks will be displayed at the exhibition. The medium he has used are pen and ink.
As a conscious human being everyone holds varying degrees of social responsibility. Since Shilpu is a painter, he believes that he has a great deal of social responsibility on his shoulders.
Through paintings his responsibility manifests as he find 1971, the year we achieved our freedom sacrificing unprecedented number of lives in a nine-month long bloody war, the fountainhead of inspiration and profound understanding that we, as a country, must not disremember. All the artist's pen-and-ink drawings in this exhibition depict 1971 as well as its after-effects.
If the artist's artworks remind any observers about our resolve in the face of tribulations, bloodshed, oppression, and inhumanity; or how we strove to attain our freedom in 1971; or how can we protect our independence — The artist will consider his efforts successful. The exhibition will remain open to all until March 14 while it will remain closed on Sunday.
The visiting Hour is from 3 pm to 9 pm (Monday to Thursday) while from 9 am to 12 pm noon and 5 pm to 8pm (Friday and Saturday).