Sam­dani Art Foun­da­tion’s Sculp­ture Park Com­mis­sion: artist Pawel Althamer

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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.

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