“Art Makes Us Human” in Studio 6/6

Ideas and a space to share them – Studio 6/6 is a safe place for both the thought process and execution to flourish. The journey started with the simple thought of creating a place where creatives can come together and share a dialogue or just simply converse. This is exactly how the studio came to host ‘Art Makes Us Human’, a conceptual art project which brings forward a notion which remains invisible as of yet.

Art Makes Us Human was an online art project by Najib Tareque, followed by an exhibition which took place from the 15th to 25th May, 2016. A 10-day long exhibition, along with a few panel sessions where prominent artists and poets joined to share a few words.

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Artist Abul Barq Alvi, Poet Maruf Raihan and Artist Nasimul Khabir Duke were present in the studio for small discussion sessions on the first three days. Furthermore, Artist Mahmudul Haque, Artist Rokeya Sultana, Artist Nisar Hossain, Artist Shishir Bhattacharjee, Poet Maruf Raihan, Artist Lala Rukh Selim, Artist Mustafa Zaman, Poet Shoaib Gibran and Poet Kabir Humayan were also present and participated in panel discussions in different times throughout the exhibition. According to stats, this is one of the first online art projects in the world. The project made its first appearance in Instagram on July 2015. Since then more than a thousand artworks with the title ‘Art Makes Us Human’ have been posted on Instagram.

Najib Tareque is a graduate from Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University and the former chief artist of both Daily Jugantor and Daily Janakantha. He was also the Brand Marketing Consultant of Standard Chartered Bank. One of the more important facts about him is that he was the founding member of Jolrong, one of the first online Art galleries in South Asia.

The images which were used in Najib Tareques’s online art project are actually illustrations he did for various newspapers, magazines and books, for countless poems and stories read by thousands and this exhibition proves that Art really does make us human. Even if you don’t realize it. Images which shape our very existence are profoundly invisible with elements which stick to our brain and make us who we are. That, to me, is the key characteristic of art itself.