Jiasrin Hoque

Bangladesh

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Burning Buddha

Local mobs, in a series of attacks in Ramu, Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh, on the night between 29 and 30 October 2012, destroyed 12 Buddhist temples and monasteries and 50 Buddhist houses, in a violent response to a Buddhist youth's alleged tagging of an image of Qur'an desecration purportedly in his Facebook account.

My artwork is based on that communal attack. In this video art, a wax Buddha, burns and melts, it symbolises the decadence of humanity. I rewind the video in this installation, this symbolises the restoration of the statue of the Lord Buddha, and faith in humanity and the inner strength of people.