Art in an apocalypse

Art in an apocalypse

Ever since Covid-19 restrictions were imposed in March, I have missed seeing and doing things I enjoy in the city. People-watching, cab rides, the normalcy of social interactions at restaurants, cafés, shops, the fast pace of the metropolis – they’re ingredients essential to my art practice. It has been an uninspiring time. Like everyone else, I’ve felt like I was in the middle of an apocalypse, hearing about natural disasters, man-made disasters, blasts, politics fuelled by religion and God knows what else.

I have felt mostly dysfunctional through the last few months. And I have turned my eye to objects and things at home that I’ve collected or bought while travelling. I guess it’s my way of looking back on better times. I collect different kinds of scissors; they’re very interesting as a functional object and a piece of design. Two parts must work together in order to be of any use — like any good partnership…

Monsoon floods push millions of children into uncertainty amid COVID-19

image credit: © UNICEF Bangladesh/2020/Zhantu

Over 5.4 million people, close to half of them children, have been affected by the recent monsoon floods in the northern, north-eastern and south-eastern regions of Bangladesh

Torrents of cascading water continues to inundate houses, farmlands and other physical infrastructure including schools as the monsoon flooding shows little signs of being tamed across many parts of Bangladesh.

Mile after mile, there is now only water and the land beneath is no more visible. It may sound like an opening of a movie, but this is a true story of a family’s encounter with natural disaster, set in the Dharala river basin, Kurigram district in northern Bangladesh. This district is one of the most flood-prone regions of Bangladesh.

Shirajul Islam, the father of four-year-old Rabiul Islam, became a victim to the recent floods in Kurigram. He and his family lost their house and livelihood to this flood, with their only son Rabiul’s future hanging in the balance.

Children are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters like flooding not only from the immediate danger of drowning, snakebites and diarrhoea but also from the threat of longer-term health and education implications, as well as protection risks…

Typhoon Haishen Lashes S. Korea, Takes Aim at N. Korea

A powerful typhoon was barreling up the already soaked Korean Peninsula Monday, toppling trees, causing small landslides and knocking out power to thousands of South Koreans before taking aim at flood-prone North Korea. 

Around 17,000 South Korean homes lost electricity and at least 48 structures were destroyed across the country, as Typhoon Haishen – meaning “sea god” in Chinese – made landfall in the southeastern city of Ulsan and moved northward up the east coast.

Television broadcasts showed flooded streets and overflowing rivers in the southern tip of South Korea. Local broadcaster KBS reported small landslides near apartment buildings on Geoje Island off the southeast coast…

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