With a view to promoting arts to reduce the spread of misinformation and fake news, a group exhibition was held April 6 showcasing works of renowned artists on this theme. The exhibition, ‘Art Against Fake News’, was arranged by Gallery Cosmos at Cosmos Atelier71 in city’s Malibagh as part of Cosmos Dialogue on fake news and hate speech arranged by Cosmos Foundation. It featured 30 artworks by 24 artists.
Prominent artist Mustafa Monwar inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest while artists Samarjit Roy Chowdhury and Rafiqun Nabi were present as the special guests.
Monwar lauded Gallery Cosmos for such a timely endeavour against this menace. “Artists are always against the spread of fake news,” he said.
Samarjit said the country’s artists will spread positive vibes through artworks to prevent the spread of hate speech.
Rafiqun Nabi said that cartoon is the best medium to speak against fake news.
President of Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy (AAID) Dan Shefet highlighted the contributions of artists to society.
He congratulated the participating artists and appreciated the initiative for such a brave step in today’s world where people are afraid of not being politically correct.
“Artists are the heroes who will take the society forward,” he added.
Enayetullah Khan, Chairman of Gallery Cosmos, said he wishes to use the artists’ platform to highlight all the challenges of life.
“The problem is not country specific. It doesn’t respect border. It goes beyond the question of borderlines,” he said about the spread of fake news. “This challenge (against fake news) will bring all the people of the world on one platform.”
United News of Bangladesh (UNB) Chairman Amanullah Khan, alongside artists Biren Shome, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Sourav Chowdhury and Toshihiko Ikeda were present at the inauguration.
The Participating Artists are: Abdul Gaffar Babu, Abdus Shakoor Shah, Alakesh Ghosh, Anisuzzaman Anis, Biren Shome, Bishwajit Goswami, Devdas Malakar, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Kalidas Karmakar, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Maksuda Iqbal Nipa, Monirul Islam, Mustafa Monowar, Nagarbasi Barman, Nasir Ali Mamun, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Prashanta Karmakar, Qayyum Chowdhury, Rafiqun Nabi, Rokeya Sultana, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Sourav Chowdhury and Toshihiko Ikeda.