A four-day painting exhibition featuring about 30 artworks of Bangladeshi women artists began at famous Rogue Space Gallery in the Chelsea Art District of Manhattan, New York on Thursday, reports UNB.
Consulate General of Bangladesh in New York is hosting the exhibition inaugurated by Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN Masud Bin Momen.
Ambassador Momen touched on the rich culture and heritage of Bangladesh, vibrancy of the artworks of the artists as well as women empowerment in Bangladesh.
He thanked the prominent women artists and the Consulate General and partners for the initiative.
The exhibition will also reflect a blending of the perspectives of the artists at home and abroad, the ambassador added.
Consul General Md Shameem Ahsan thanked the guests and others for their presence and support to organise it.
Ahsan felt that the initiative will go a long way in branding the country positively.
Jeffrey R Cellars, Area Director at the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) in New York, also spoke and felt that culture can be an important tool to create better understanding between the two friendly countries.
Shameem Subrana, Director of Gallery21 in Dhaka, in her remarks thanked the Consulate General for inviting them to be a part of the initiative.
Being organided in collaboration with Gallery21, The New York Art Connection and Bangladeshi-American Artists Forum, New York, the exhibition will showcase artistic creations of prominent 18 women artists from Bangladesh and diaspora.
They are Shameem Subrana, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Rokeya Sultana, Farida Zaman, Gulshan Hossain, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Dilruba Latif (Rosy), Bipasha Hayat, Afrozaa Jamil Konka and Samina Nafies from Bangladesh and Shamim Begum, Zebunnesa Kamal, Salma Kaniz, Masuda Kazi, Halide Salam, Shameem Ara, Kaniz Husna Akbory and Sazada Sultana from diaspora, said the organisers on Friday.
A colourful catalog was published marking the event.
An opening reception took place after the formal inauguration where senior officials from the US government, Consuls General, diplomats, members of the US civil society and various cultural organisations, eminent persons of the community, members of the media and a large number of art enthusiasts and culture connoisseurs were present, among others.
The painting exhibition was organised by the Consulate General as a part of public diplomacy drive to portray a positive image of Bangladesh to the wider US audience.