Samdani Art Foundation
Installation Image Residence Time with works by Anoka Faruqee and Kamruzzaman Shadhin courtesy of DAS 2018 photocredit Pablo Bartholomew.jpg

HAVEN IS ELSEWHERE | 2017-2018

 
 

Haven is Elsewhere (2017-2018), embodies the common quest of most migrants and refugees: the search for a “safe haven.” In Kamruzzaman Shadhin's work, internally migrated people in Thakurgaon in Northwest Bangladesh, create a quilt from the used clothes of displaced people from Southern Bangladesh - the border demarcating South and Southeast Asia.

Kamruzzaman Shadhin

2-10 February 2018  |  Dhaka Art Summit

11 September 2018 - 27 January 2019  |  Fabric of Felicity, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

 
 
 
 
 

Kamruzzaman Shadhin’s work Haven is Elsewhere (2017-2018), is the newest iteration of an ongoing community project, which embodies the common quest of most migrants and refugees: the search for a “safe haven.” In Kamruzzaman's work, internally migrated people in Thakurgaon in Northwest Bangladesh, create a quilt from the used clothes of displaced people from Southern Bangladesh - the border demarcating South and Southeast Asia. Many of these clothes and narratives of displaced people were collected over a period of a year and a half by the artist from people who were illegally trafficked as forced labourers into Thailand and Malaysia, some of these were abandoned by the newly arrived Rohingya refugees who accepted new clothes given by local people in Bangladesh and NGOs. These were then sewn together by the internal migrant community in Thakurgaon and embellished with the traditional Bengali kantha embroidery techniques through a therapeutic ritual. During the Dhaka Art Summit 2018, these monumental quilts formed a projection surface for video documentation that attempted to capture the stories of displacement through these once-used clothes. These quests for freedom often continue as the new migrants and refugees become targets for illegal trade and trafficking, continuing a cycle where the safe haven shifts its axis further and further out of their reach.

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation for DAS 2018. Produced by the artist and Samdani Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist.