Tasmim Sultana |
Aug 18, 2022 12:42:57
As a child, we do not dream after carefully analyzing all career opportunities and their financial feasibility. But as we grow up, these concerns and opinions shape how we see the world around us, limiting our choices to those with the least risk and uncertainty.
When it comes to career choices, options are filtered down to even fewer categories, as challenges keep the majority from pursuing their passion, such as business. B. the visual arts.
In a country like Bangladesh, the desire to pursue art as a profession is often met with snide remarks, guarded advice and unsolicited opinions. Parents generally want the best for their children and often want their children to continue their education in fields where they are more likely to be financially secure such as doctors, engineers, business executives, etc.
Sometimes, guardians’ concerns stem not only from professional insecurity but also from their unconscious or impulsive tendency to compare their children’s performance and salaries to those of relatives and neighborhood children.
Raviya Humaira is a young Bangladeshi artist who started to discover her passion for art before her O-level. She took art in her high school diploma and did well. As she continued to paint, she found peace; it became an issue and a method to relieve stress.
“As my performance improved and my interest grew, I finally decided to pursue my education and career in the arts. While many people questioned my decision to take an unconventional path, I stood by my decision,” said Raviya, who shares her art on her Instagram page – Tinyrayoflights. She plans to go to Canada soon to continue her studies in animation.
Her art has shown her amazing talent in various exhibitions, the first of which was held in Chitrok. Although she has her parents’ support, she realizes that her worries are not entirely unfounded.
Challenges that many young artists face
“Although there are many career options in art that can be paid well enough, in Bangladesh they are not explored and many artists therefore have to change their career line in order to survive, especially young artists who often feel that the burden of the world and the responsibility suddenly grows on their shoulders. It’s intimidating and scary to say the least,” Raviya remarked on the practical challenges young artists face.
However, the challenges for young artists in Bangladesh do not end there.
“There is an insufficient number and variety of educational institutions offering professional visual arts, animation and related courses. It lacks affordable resources needed for painting such as acrylic paints, paper and decent quality brushes. Many good brands are not even sold in Bangladesh and what is available is often too expensive.”
The financial constraints prevent many potential aspirants from pursuing an education and a career in art, causing our society to lose some talented artists simply because they could not afford the right courses and professional quality art materials.
As Raviya said, “So many young artists have talent, but often they just can’t afford to pursue it.”
Art isn’t a talent that only the wealthy can possess, but sometimes it’s one that only the financially strong can explore. Many talented young people can’t afford to spend the hard-earned money they’ve earned from towing around town and giving lessons on a couple of tubes of paint and two sheets of poor-quality paper.
“Few get the support they need from peers and friends, and fewer still have the courage to fight against all odds to achieve their dream. Sometimes a little support is all you need.”
Bangladesh’s lack of standard professional platforms for learning various art forms has prompted Raviya to seek opportunities abroad.
“My plan is to do higher education in animation abroad and join the Disney world as an animator,” Raviya said of her plans. Just like Raviya, there are many young artists who have the talent to take on the world but are constrained by the lack of opportunities in our society.
A major challenge for young artists is the willful disregard for some of their most important assets. Often we don’t realize how important each work of art is to the artist and we keep asking for gifts.
While Bangladesh is making strides in economic growth, we are still lagging behind in artistic development. There needs to be an improvement in real infrastructure and facilities and in our perception of art as a career option for today’s talented youth to succeed in their journey of creative exploration.
As Raviya said, “Art is an unspoken language in which one can express all one’s thoughts and feelings without even speaking.”