Our own reflections
Dhaka's historical architectures are disintegrating from lack of care. These cultural markers are not specific to any period, but are structures that represent the changing sites of the city that came into being even before the Mughals turned it into their regional capital. These buldings are now few and far between and are in need of conservation for their value as historical-cultural signifiers. Dhaka's citizen should wake up and rediscover the uniqueness of each of such edifice, and respond to their sheer presence and do the needful to ensure their long life in the centuries to come.
A person searches for him/herself in the mirror of the unconscious and goes through self discoveries. From this premise my work began to weave into its formative patterns the responsibilities pertaining to the presentation of traditions that have shaped us once and has the capacity to provide sustenance in the current times.
My installation is a search for that spirit of bygone era besides being a carrier of that inspiration that may galvanize us into restoring and preserving our heritage.
The blue sky above reflected in the mirror, the flight of birds and the play of shadow within the architectural space become a sensuous part of the work. I have used mirror and water, on top of which marbles and petals nestle coated with love. Eyes are also present to personify the act of looking and the search for history. The 20 drawn curtains which surround the installation in the courtyard, are references to the layers of history that awaits excavation.