Art & Culture

‘A Way to Break Beyond:’ A window on children with autism

A visitor looking at the paintings of the exhibition. — Courtesy

Cultural Correspondent
Salma Zakaria Bristy’s solo art exhibition, “A Way to Break Beyond,” is on at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka, in Dhanmondi.
Through her abstract works, Salma attempts to depict the misunderstood world of children with autism.
The artist uses acrylic as her medium to portray the world of autistic children. The exhibition gives hope to both autistic children and their parents.
The exhibition conveys the message that art can be a great way to articulate their thoughts for children with autism. They have a different outlook on life and most of the time they can’t express their emotions deliberately.
A total of 25 artworks are being shown at the exhibition.
One of the displayed works depicts blocks of colours on a large canvas. This artwork can be interpreted as a symbol of hope and life. Similar patterns and colours are present in most of the showcased art pieces.
Most of the displayed works are abstract. Gray is the dominant colour in many of the canvases, representing the uncertain state of mind of children with autism. Also, autistic children are often misunderstood by their parents and close ones, thus gray symbolizes that depressing part of their lives.
On the other hand, the presence of colours like blue and green represent the hidden talents of these gifted individuals.
Salma’s abstract works remind us that we should nurture the potential of these gifted personalities and help them nurture their unique brain functions.
Salma ZakiaBristy completed her BFA (Hons) from the Department of Printmaking, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. She got the ‘Grand Award’ in the 18th Asian Art Biennale, 2018.

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