Mankind's Fragile Heritage 2020 Exhibition in Moscow, Russia
The Fragile Heritage of Humanity campaign dedicated to the fire in Notre-Dame de Paris brought together designers from around the world who responded to this tragedy with their own experiences and vision of the fragility of material culture and heritage
The place of power in Bangladesh is the premises of Supreme Court of Bangladesh which is the highest court of Law in the country. The protest started when a monument of Lady Justice was erected by a local artist. Some religious hardliners held protest for months greeting the removal of the monument as it was said to amount to ‘idol worship’. It was demanded that the monument be destroyed. After months of protest, the Government then decided to restore the monument to a different location.
The statue depicts Greek Titaness Themis in a traditional attire of Bengali women, ‘Sari’ with a blindfold and scales in one hand, clutching a sword in the other. The addition of sari was a local variation. It was called a statue of justice and it personified justice, good counsel and wisdom. As a result, the monument had to be preserved for the coming generations. After the protest, the statue was reinstalled in place a few hundred meters from its original location.
My poster is about this protest and I have used the map of Bangladesh with the colors of the Bangladeshi flag. The map contains alphabets and numbers of the Bangla language as the Bangladeshi people gave their blood for their language which is now called the International Mother Language Day held internationally on February 21st every year.
The exposition of the poster action "The Fragile Heritage of Humanity" was presented in the exhibition hall of the International Public Association "Union of Designers" in the Central House of Designers from September 20 to October 3, 2019 at the address: Moscow, Bolshoy Kiselny
The opening of the exhibition was attended by Yuri Borisovich Leonov, board member of the poster section of the Moscow Union of Artists, representatives of the ARKHNADZOR Public Movement, representatives of the historical and cultural project about old Moscow "Moscow, which does not exist", representatives of the Volunteer Movement of the All-Russian Society for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Monuments (VOOPIK ), as well as the Open Cultural and Educational Project "Heritage School".
Deputy Executive Director for Exhibition Activities of the MOA "Union of Designers" and curator of the poster campaign Maria Viktorovna Suleimenova spoke about the seriousness and importance of attracting public attention to the preservation of cultural heritage in Russia and around the world, about the main concept of the exhibition - the unification of designers and artists from different countries. the problem of the disappearance of monuments of art. In particular, she spoke about the social orientation of this project and the importance of joining common efforts for the preservation of the world cultural heritage.
Photo credit: Maria Suleymonova