Art in the Times of Coronavirus


Edge invites you to join “Art in the Times of Coronavirus”. This is an open call to artists, of all forms of expression, to share your COVID-19-inspired artworks and the stories behind them.

A day ends only to bring another, filled with uncertainty. We ponder on mankind’s future as we await encouraging news for a safer environment and a better world. We have stories of loneliness and fear to weave into tales; acts of courage & kindness to illustrate with color and finally we have our collective persistence to harmonize through notes of optimism.

Edge looks forward to the day when we can all come together and celebrate these artworks that highlight our failures, triumphs and the human condition during this crisis.

Please download the FAQs and Guidelines for more details. Here are some possible themes for you to consider. Artists are free to share all forms of expressions through their COVID-19-inspired artworks and the stories behind them.

Share your artworks with us at
engage@edgethefoundation.com


Frontline Heroes of the COVID-19 War
Gulshan Hossain

2020
Oil & Acrylic on Canvas
91 cm x 91 cm


This artwork resonates with the rest of the world in expressing our gratitude to front-line medical workers, facing danger every day as they care for us. Many are infected, some have perished, yet they march on. The artist’s series sheds light on pharmacists, journalists, police, grocers and others and reminds us just how ‘essential’ they truly are – the Coronavirus has given rise to a new protagonist, a cape-less hero who walks among us.


Judgmental
Fahim Ahmed

2020
Pen on Paper
19 cm x 28 cm


Disparities & life opportunities are further reinforced by the broader social, economic and political structures. Now, Coronavirus has made matters worse for the disadvantaged. The artist illustrates with a metaphor of the crow picking away at one’s head – compelling us to reflect on the fairness of the rules and ask ourselves – will things ever change?


The State of Being Mindful
Salma Zakia Bristy

2020
Acrylic on Canvas
46 cm x 46 cm


The lockdown has brought mental wellness to the forefront of social dialogue.

The artist reminds us to better care for our physical health to protect our fragile emotional state. She urges us to spread optimism and encourage others to rediscover that passion within. The artwork beckons us to venture among the clouds, to uncover the silver lining and spread the happy turquoise.


Hridoyer Janala
Mohammad Eunus

2020
Mixed Media on Canvas
76 cm x 76 cm


We are all just prisoners of our device
Peering through windows of time
Hiding darkly, confined by walls,
Obeying the rules of this new war,
And striving for safety from a chaotic world.

The artist masterfully juxtaposes nature’s revenge against mankind’s brutality by sentencing us to forced seclusion. Time passes and days go by. Forgotten are the polluted clouds of dust that shroud nature’s lungs with a deathly veil. The sounds of commotion & disruption are replaced by the sweet melody of birds. And now, as we peer through the window of our soul, we see the rare blue sky once again.


Subconscious Mind
Oishi Nur

2020
Pen on Paper
26 cm x 36 cm


Spinning cog-wheels and turning gears have replaced flesh and muscle. Uprooted trunks remind us of withered away blood vessels. In contrasting black & white, the artist depicts our engineering of modern technology as dehumanizing & monotonous. Replacing us, squeezing the very life and soul of humanity.

Then again, this isolation is a mirror into our subconscious – an opportunity to rediscover our rusty, buried identities. It calls us to dig deep and unlock our hidden potential. There is still time to reconnect with our dreams and our true selves.


PTSD
Muhammad Shafayet Hossain

2020
Acrylic on Paper
36 cm x 56 cm


Melting faces reflecting our shared human instincts. That’s how the artist portrays his new series.

We are creatures of social networking, emotional connections and intimate relationships. With this forced distancing, many faces begin to lose clarity and drown in a hazy and unfamiliar sea of memories. The dark backdrop of uncertainty sets the mood, cueing the onset of helplessness and even despair. But, if we dig deep and make that extra effort to reach out with understanding and kindness, we will persevere.


Quarantine Time 2
Shakila Chayan

2020
Charcoal and Pen on PVC Board
21 cm x 28 cm


Spinning despair and anxiety, the virus engulfs the globe, draining color from life itself.

The artist’s bold use of symbolism most effectively portrays a scene of mayhem and speaks very directly to us – where nails depict helplessness and dismemberment suggests shattered souls.

Fortunately, the artist survived to share her journey, battling physical pain over several weeks and mental suffering that even descended to a near-death experience before coming through.


Self Nurturing
Tasmina K Majles

2020
Pen on Paper
21 cm x 30 cm


A depiction that reflects the importance of self-connection, transformation and well-being.

The artist through her deft line drawing, reminds us of the need for self-care and inner growth – so very important as we journey through these challenging times.

We need collective awareness about being mindful of self, that could bring positivity not only within but also to the surroundings.


Connections
Farzana Rahman Bobby

2020
Mixed Media on Paper
29 cm x 67 cm


Nature has been our keeper, protector and mentor. Yet, modern man has been waging a war against it. Our wanton destruction of natural habitats has given way to disease & destruction.

Look at what our uncaring attitude has brought on – the invisible killer.

The artist uses abstract expressionism to capture what is unseen – our needs, emotions and the invisible. Life springs from the dark blue-grey of the cosmos, morphing and multiplying, connecting through neural networks and spiraling tendrils.


Spirit
Mustaque Ahmed

2020
Acrylic on Canvas
46 cm x 61 cm


Like morphing butterflies, the frontline worker’s spirit lifts and rises, evolving in beauty despite facing the darkest days in our lifetime.

In a backdrop bleak and dark, the artist sets still waters in the foreground to symbolize our primordial beginnings in nature. Emerging out of this, the protagonist spreads hope of color through fluttering wings – while one eye looks on pensively, the other remains vigilant.


Mason
Poonam Saha

2020
Illustration


“Mason” provides an encouraging insight into the present pandemic moment – there’s plenty to learn from standing still. It may even take you on a journey of self-reflection, healing and personal growth.

We find ourselves sealed vacuum-tight, surrounded by darkness and the solitary moon. The seemingly endless night-time is restorative for the mind and health. We feel strangely peaceful, quiet and even forgiving. Gradually, this enforced isolation transforms and blossoms with flowers of hope.

The series of illustrations by artist Poonam Saha, is reflective of her time in quarantine – depicting the different stages of isolation and how one views one’s “surroundings within the confinement”. Starting with self-confinement, and complete disconnection, one moves into the fulfillment stage and, finally, growth.”

What are some lessons you have learnt in this constructive solitude?


Stay Home
Saida Sultana

2020
Watercolor on Paper
27 cm x 33 cm


Some say the lockdown is like being caged in, but the artist prefers to see the brighter side. Not only does it ensure our well-being, but also helps mother nature replenish and renew – evidenced by lower pollution levels and the ever louder chirping of birds.

Using vibrant watercolor, Saida Sultana weaves a touching story around a family of birds – safe and snug in its nest, celebrating life with melody. Even the vine comes to life and sprout foliage – further reinforcing the allegorical reference to the family bonding so many of us are seeing in our homes and a revived natural world.


The Last Savings
Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

2020
Photography


Mohammad Rakibul Hasan is an award-winning documentary photographer, filmmaker and visual artist. His most recent work “The Last Savings” is a series of photographs depicting the income disparity & class struggle in our community, a reality for which COVID-19 provides increasing evidence. Read the artists’ story below:

At 50, Firoza Begum has just lost her job after 30 years as a housemaid – so have her two sons. With her two grandchildren Fahima (left) and Selina (right), they go hungry and suffer from an uncertain future. Firoza and her family are just another example of a huge portion of the world population who are living life on the brink and are now economic victims of the worst catastrophe since World War II.


Fate
Mintu Dey

2020
Watercolor on Paper
42 cm x 65 cm


The visitor is here, a COVID moon, casting shadows on a desolate landscape. Its surreal light reveals the forlorn; the living are scattered about in silent grief, a loving family unable to touch him, not even for last rites. Ironically, the departed has at last found a measure of peace, having passed on the torch to the youngest generation. And yes, despite the uncertainties, the child is able to gaze up in wonder at the ever mystical moon, and the pull it has exerted through the ages.