WELCOME TO THE DEVELOPING WORLD

Upon arriving I spent an hour in immigration to get through.  Bangladesh is one of the many countries that require a Visa for travel.  The Visa regulates the amount of time you can visit along with the parameters of your visit (no working allowed etc.) Outside of the airport there are hundreds of people at the gates because you have to pay to get in the airport-even just to pick someone up.   There are a lot of bicycles and carts in the street, along with the cars.  This is the most densely populated country on the planet.  Poverty is apparent from the homeless children and adults  lining the streets (with no “public assistance”).  Welcome to the Developing World… I prefer the term developing as opposed to Third World.  But what does that actually translate into? Few stop lights, no stop signs and lots of haphazardly driving.  No Walgreens, CVS, convenience stores and banks on every corner.  Clothes are hand washed and strung on lines on rooftops across the city.  There are lots of dilapidated buildings and homes within the city.  The water is not safe to drink, and poverty is more than apparent.

There are many different ethnic groups within the country, the Bengalis are the biggest group.  Relative to religion about 90% are Muslim, 10% Hindu, 1% Buddhist, and less than 1% Christian.  There is beauty to be found in this city and infinite amounts of inspiration available in pottery villages, tea gardens and other cultural practices.  I am enamored with the possibilities of my artwork moving forward…