Published: April, 2018
As much as the ongoing Rohingya crisis is being extensively covered by local and international media, the lack of a publication is the question still persisting among everyone. But not anymore, as Cosmos Books has earned the distinction of bringing out the first publication of the Rohingya crisis, documenting the ordeal and also the artistic protests, in a book titled “Art Against Genocide”. Published in association with Cosmos Foundation, 30 artworks are featured in the book. Artworks of other artists include Kalidas Karmakar, Maksuda Iqbal Nipa, Tanbir Sarwar Rana, Nabunda Shaha Nabo, Pradip Shaha and a host of others. They worked on various mediums such as oil on canvas, watercolour, acrylic on paper and more. The artworks were derived from Gallery Cosmos and Cox’s Bazar Art Club. The photographs in the book have been taken by UNB’s Salahuddin Ahmed Paulash.
In his foreword, founding chairman of Genocide Watch and Research Professor of Genocide Studies and Prevention at George Mason University, Greg Stanton wrote that “The initiative (Art Against Genocide) comes at an extremely appropriate juncture, in light of events that demonstrate we must unite to deploy all weapons we possibly can, against the spectre of genocide threatening an entire population – what has been described as a slow-burning genocide over decades but greatly intensified since August 25, when the first stream of refugees started arriving in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.” Emmy and Oscar-winning filmmaker Dr. Jim Frazier wrote that “Art retains the ability to stand as our first line of defence against this ailment in the human condition, due to the sense and sensibilities it bestows upon each of us who partake in its beauty.” The literature featured in the book comprises of expert analysis from the recent series of Cosmos Dialogues, arranged by the Foundation, which had extensively talked at great lengths about the ramifications of the Rohingya crisis and its implications for Bangladesh.