This drawings-based installation is an anti-memorial for the mass graves in Bangladesh as a result of the bloody violence of the Liberation War of 1971.
In Dhaka, a memorial had been built on the site of a mass grave from the 1971 Liberation War. About 1500 mass graves were discovered in the process of digging up the earth for building foundations of new buildings. The 1971 War Museum in Dhaka has been storing all the bones that were unearthed in these mass graves and displays a small portion of this macabre collection in vitrines with photo-documentation of these mass graves.
This project attempts to process the difficult narratives of my visit to Dhaka by creating a trans-cultural bridge of memories and histories.
The title "Handful of Dust" is inspired by a collection of poems by Bangladeshi poet, Feroze Ahmed-Ud-Din.