‘Art Against Fake News’ at Gallery Cosmos

Guests at the exhibition, ‘Art Against Fake News’, arranged by Gallery Cosmos at Cosmos Atelier71 in Dhaka on Saturday, Apr 6, 2019. Photo: UNB

“We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that enables us to realize the truth.” So said Pablo Picasso.

For many years, the Spanish master’s “lies” on canvas, a canvas, were what enabled the world to know the horrors that occurred in Guernica, in the Basque country, the scene of one of the worst atrocities of the Spanish Civil War.  To reduce the spread of misinformation and fake news in Bangladesh society, a group art exhibition was held on April 6.

The exhibition, ‘Art Against Fake News’, was arranged by Gallery Cosmos at Cosmos Atelier71 in city’s Malibagh as part of the Cosmos Dialogue.

“The problem is not country specific. It doesn’t respect border. It goes beyond the question of borderlines,” Enayetullah Khan, Chairman of Gallery Cosmos, said about the spread of fake news. “This challenge (against fake news) will bring all the people of the world on one platform.” He wishes to use the artists’ platform to highlight all the challenges of life.

Prominent artist Mustafa Monwar inaugurated the exhibition while artists Samarjit Roy Chowdhury and Rafiqun Nabi were present.

President of Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy (AAID) Dan Shefet highlighted the contributions of artists to society.

He congratulated the participating artists and appreciated the initiative for such a brave step in today’s world where people are afraid of not being politically correct. “Artists are the heroes who will take the society forward,” he added.

United News of Bangladesh (UNB) Chairman Amanullah Khan, alongside artists Biren Shome, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Sourav Chowdhury and Toshihiko Ikeda were present at the inauguration.

The Participating Artists are: Abdul Gaffar Babu, Abdus Shakoor Shah, Alakesh Ghosh, Anisuzzaman Anis, Biren Shome, Bishwajit Goswami, Devdas Malakar, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Kalidas Karmakar, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Maksuda Iqbal Nipa, Monirul Islam, Mustafa Monowar, Nagarbasi Barman, Nasir Ali Mamun, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Prashanta Karmakar, Qayyum Chowdhury, Rafiqun Nabi, Rokeya Sultana, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Sourav Chowdhury and Toshihiko Ikeda.

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