Art Exhibition "Pursuit of Existence" by Ishrat Jahan
The Bangladesh Heritage Museum in cooperation with the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) is organizing an art exhibition by local artist Ishrat Jahan. The Edmonton Public Library branch at Abbottsfield - Penny Mckee has agreed to publicly display the paintings for three months, beginning at October 26, 2015 until January 25, 2016.
The exhibition features nine recent original artworks of Ishrat Jahan, who was born on March 25, 1987 in Comilla, Bangladesh and came to Canada in 2005. Ishrat graduated at the University of Winnipeg in the field of Social Sciences. During this time in January 4, 2012 Ishrat lost her elder brother Mahinur Jahid to a tragic car accident in Lloydminister. Recently Ishrat finished studies at the Social Work Department of McEwan University, and is continuing to follow her passion in the field of child- and youth care at Alta Care Resources.
Ishrat is dedicated to inspire our young generation with her paintings to express dedication and devotion through art. Her paintings express her pursuit with our environment on earth, featuring seasons, love, and change. These fundamental topics express the diversity of our existence. The exhibit in 2015 is Ishrats' second major event as an artist. Back in 2002 she had a display in Pontevedra, Spain in Europe together with her sister Elma.
The Board of Bangladesh Heritage Museum (BBHM), and the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) have selected this exhibits to launch a community heritage museum project, with which the Bangladesh community wants to provide an experience of the Bangladesh heritage, culture and history.
In an interview with Diverse Edmonton, Ishrat Jahan explains the motivation behind her art:
I am dedicated to inspire our young generation with my paintings to express feelings of anger, joy, sadness, loneliness and love. Personally and professionally, I believe art to be an effective method of expression that speaks louder than words. It helps me to self-reflect and face challenges of my own life and reach acceptance. I am fascinated to see people interpret my art by accessing their own stories and experiences in live.
Ishrat Jahan, Local Artist
List of Exhibits
- "reaching high", acrylic painting on canvas, 30"x24", ©2015 by Ishrat Jahan
- "spring", acrylic painting on canvas, 12"x24", ©2015 by Ishrat Jahan
- "windy life", acrylic painting on canvas, 28"x22", ©2015 by Ishrat Jahan
- "beauty of the depressive season", water colour on canvas, 20"x16", ©2015 by Ishrat Jahan
- "growth", water colour on canvas, 16"x20", ©2015 by Ishrat Jahan
- "words matter", water colour, oil and objects on canvas, 12"x18", ©2015 by Ishrat Jahan
- "changing environments", acrylic painting on canvas, 12"x24" / 20"x16" / 12"x24", ©2015 by Ishrat Jahan
Edmonton Public Library
Abbottsfield - Penny Mckee
3410 118 Ave NW
T5W 0Z4 Canada
Presentation and Program
Monday, October 26, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
October 26, 2015 to January 25, 2016
About the Bangladesh Heritage Museum
The Bangladesh Heritage Museum is a project of the newly founded non-profit organization BBHM (Board of Bangladesh Heritage Museum). The organization is striving to feature the diversity of the Bangladesh Canadian heritage. Visitors of the planned virtual museum on its website shall be given the opportunity to experience and explore the places, history, people, culture and art of Bangladesh.
BBHM is seeking to become a local centre for Bangladesh culture, and is planning to create events exploring past and recent art in form of concerts, film, lectures, and exhibitions. Also on the agenda is the establishment of a physical location which shall be dedicated to the local history and heritage of Bangladeshi Canadians, and which shall become a source for people with Bangladesh descent offering archives and a library to provide access to literature and other media in Bengali language.
About the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA)
The Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) is a not-for-profit organization, which is dedicated to creating a cohesive and effective voice of journalists, and make positive differences in the lives of media people and the community. Its mission is to help and assist the media community in general, and to provide members with professional, educational, social, cultural and recreational activities. BPCA is the organization behind the Mother Language Day in Canada initiative.