Not everyone in Dhaka is affected by poverty. There is wealth in Bangladesh and the life they enjoy is quite dichotomous to the many villages and homeless both in and outside of the city. The wealthy live behind high walls just out of reach of the masses. I visited the home of a local artist, as well as an art collector. Their homes are lavish with decor that would rival any American museum. The 6 story home (of the art collector) that I visited, complete with rooftop garden, galleries, and art storage is one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen. Cooks, drivers, and other house helpers tend to the home on a daily basis.
The 3 story home of local artist, Kuhu, was quite beautiful as well. She has painted the walls of her living room and hallway to resemble the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo and the The Birth of Venus by Botticelli in Florence. Kuhu has an impressive artistic resume. She has done fashion shows in London and exhibited all over the world. The contemporary art scene in Dhaka is currently characterized by an interest in abstracted art and installation. The preservation of culture is exuded through the work of many Bangladeshi artists.
I have been invited to give lectures at the Dhaka Art Center as well as a the Athena Gallery in Dhaka. These institutions represent the wealth of rich artistic resources in this city. I am looking forward to sharing implications for my research and scope of work with this booming art community.