25 Rohingya men and women, over a period of 6 weeks, took part in an art project focusing primarily on their culture and their journey to Ireland. The mean’s group, supported by St. Catherine’s community services Center and the woman’s group supported by Carlow County development partnership Ltd. Were offered an outlet through art to explore their previous life with a positive focus on their future life in Ireland. These sessions local artist Elsie Nolan facilitated the men and women to create the beautiful pieces of work you see here today.
Match funding for the project was provided by UNUM Carlow and Carlow county enterprise board. This project is led by St. Catherine’s community services Center under the Carlow County development board, co-financed by the European commission under the European refugee fund and is supported by the office for the promotion of migrant integration in the department of justice and equality and Pobal.
They have told their story through art at a fascinating new exhibition, which opened in Visual Centre for Contemporary Arts on the 1st of May 2012. The exhibition is running for a two weeks stint until the 14th of May.
Followings are some relevant Arts
“School Girls” Art by: Gul Saher Two girls in school uniforms; white shirt and green sarong with traditional hanging school bags and the girls are also seen on barefoot. There are numerous obstacles faced by the school children while going to school due to the lack of development in the facilities for education and transportation.
“Sunset View” Art by: Rashid Ahmed A boy climbing up a palm tree to enjoy the beautiful sun setting toward the Naf river. Palm and coconut trees are some of the important trees which nuts, trunks and leaves being used for various purposes all across the seasons.
“Tying Harvesting Cattle” Art by: Mohammed Eliyas An elderly Rohingya farmer taking his bull to a paddy field tied on a stick which will be firmly fixed in the ground so that the bull will not able to destroy the growing paddy or caught by other people if the bull enters other paddy fields.
“Collecting Water” Art by: Rafika Begum Two ladies who are collecting water from the river. The river and water areas are very important in our lives for many different reasons.
“Chicken” Art by: Noor Khatun Chicken are used in Rohingya household for various purpose. They are used as food, to lay egg, to fight in sport and not to forget as an alarm clock to wake up all.
“Kuijja” Art by: Shah Alam Kuijja, a dry hay fodder in the form of a dome with a strong bamboo in the middle and used for feeding cattle especially in the raining season.
“Escape Exile” Art by: Hamida Begum More than 90 of Rohingyas in exile use boats, canoes to cross Naf River from various persecutions. Many have been vanished while escaping although the river is not hostile and wide approximately ranging 1.5 to 3.5 km wide.
“Moóc” Art by: Hossein Ahmed The man is on a journey with his ox and cart and has stopped at a moóc (well) for a drink of water on his journey. He takes the water from the well in a ceramic bowl.
“Air Journey” Art by: Robi Alam The man is on a journey with his ox and cart and has stopped at a moóc (well) for a drinkof water on his journey. He takes the water from the well in a ceramic bowl.
“Afford and Pray” Art by: Noor Jahan Afford and pray go hand to hand for an ordinary Rohingya family. Traditionally men are bread feeder earning to support family and women as housewives taking care of children and praying for success. There are many families in rural areas where women.