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Kamruzzaman Shadin's Rooted in Soil

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Sheikh Arif Bulbon :
A solo art exhibition titled Rooted in Soil by Kamruzzaman Shadhin is being held at the La Galerie and Galerie Zoom of the Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD) in the city’s Dhanmondi area now.
The Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Ambassador of France to Bangladesh Sophie Aubert, Managing Director of Giant Group Faruque Hassan and artist, critic and
Editor of Depart Mustafa Zaman, among others, were present at the
inauguration of the exhibition.
Kamruzzaman Shadhin is a visual artist born and based in Bangladesh working in the mediums of installation, video and performance art. His work mostly focuses on environmental and social issues. His art projects are often created through public participation and are exhibited in public spaces where the main audiences are the general public and surrounding communities. He is the founder of Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts - a non-profit organisation working for creating scopes for cultural and
artistic exchange between artists and communities through collaborative approaches. Shadhin is also a founder member of Chhobir Haat.
This project started earlier this year while working in a Santhal village called Molanipara in Thakurgaon, Bangladesh. The Santhals are an indigenous minority community living around the north-western region of Bangladesh. The artist, Kamruzzaman Shadhin has experienced the gradual changes in their lifestyles, how they gradually shifted their hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a modern agrarian one. Their surrounding environment has also changed, hybrid crops and excessive use of insecticides and pesticides have driven away foxes, owls, eagles and many other animals. The rats that the Santhals used to hunt before have increased excessively in numbers and have invaded their earthen houses. As a part of the project Shadhin has created thousands of rats made of clay with the help of the community people. The rats depict humans and their greed, out to destroy everything in nature in the name of development. This presentation will include a series of Shadhin's work whose main inspiration came from the intricate relationship between nature and human beings on earth, viz. an installation of 15,000 rats made of burnt clay, an
installation of 500 arrows
accompanied by video, and around
5 paintings employing clay collected from the Santhal village.
The exhibition will continue
till  October 29.  n

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