Joydeb Roaja

In search of indigenous people

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Year 10/02/2024
Medium Ink pen on paper.
Dimensions A4

About the work

Chittagong Hill Tracts is an area in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh, consisting of three districts, Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachari. This area of Chittagong Division is full of hills and valleys. 11 tribes have been living in Chittagong Hill Tracts since ancient times. I was born in a remote area of Chittagong Hill Tracts. I am now 51 years old; I have seen from my own experience that the number of indigenous in this region is decreasing due to various reasons. At present, the indigenous people of this country are being tortured in various ways by the aggressor Bengalis. The state promises them full cooperation but does the opposite. Their language is disappearing, their culture is disappearing. It is in this context that I have started painting a series of new artworks from this year, this is one of them.

Career Highlights

First solo exhibition at NIPAGEN Tokyo: Performance
Art Today (2016), and has participated in performance festivals and
exhibitions internationally, including SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin
(2022); Kathmandu Triennale, Nepal (2022); Chobi Mela Shunno,
Dhaka, Bangladesh (2021); Sea Art Festival, Busan, South Korea
(2021); Galleria d’Arte Modernae Contemporanae, Bergamo, Italy
(2020); Alserkal Avenue, UAE (2019); Museum of Modern Art,
Warsaw, Poland; TS1, Yangon, Myanmar; Para/Site Art Space, Hong
Kong; Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2018); The Tetley, Leeds, UK
(2017); Nippon International Performance Art Festival (NIPAF), Asia
(Vietnam, 2016 and Japan, 2014).

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