Samdani Art Foundation’s Sculpture Park Commission: artist Pawel Althamer
Polish artist Pawel Althamer, along with members of his community from Bródno, Poland, travelled to Bangladesh in February this year to conduct an eight-day long collaborative Sculptural Congress workshop (part of the Samdani Seminar programme) with the local community and patients from Protisruti drug rehabilitation centre in Sylhet, creating the communal work of art, Rokeya. This sculpture will be installed at the soon-to-be-opened park named Srihatta — Samdani Sculpture Park and Art Centre. The sculpture was built using the techniques of vernacular south Asian architecture. Fronds were woven over a bamboo frame with the final form of Rokeya draped in colourful fabric stitched by nearby village women from local textiles. This project was a collaboration with MoMA Warsaw and Brodno Sculpture Park, which was initiated in Poland by Althamer. An incredible structure and a true community effort, it will continue to serve this community as a meeting place, right in heart of Rokeya.
The first phase of the park will open to the public in 2018, before which several other site-specific projects will be initiated by artists including Asim Waqif, Ayesha Sultana, Rana Begum, and Mithu Sen.