Bangladeshi artist Fawaz Rob's art "Long Walk Home" has been voted the best entry among all participants at the PenhArt International exhibition.
Jurors and audience voted his art to be the best among eighty participants from all over the world including France, Japan, the USA, and the UK, read a press release.
Fawaz Rob was ecstatic about receiving such a prestigious award.
The artist said, "I am very delighted to receive this international award."
"An artist has the responsibility to stand up against the evil of his era. The dehumanization of Muslim communities across the world is the tragedy of our time. The agonies of Rohingyas, Palestinians, or Uyghurs are tactfully being ignored and the International organizations have collectively failed these people. If my art can bring world attention to the sufferings of Rohingyas, then my purpose is served," Fawaz added.
As stated by the artist, the following was the philosophy behind "Long Walk Home":
"More than a million Rohingya Muslims have fled Burma. Their homes destroyed, family members killed, crops burned. As the UN moves at a glacial pace, and China keeps vetoing any resolution to hold the Burmese military to justice, Rohingyas suffer in refugee camps. Despite many challenges, Bangladesh has been a great host. But the apathy of the international community is unsustainable.
It is baffling to see good, honest, educated people dehumanizing Muslims. Every day people rejecting or fearing refugees when they are the ones suffering the most. The sad truth is these everyday people are victims of cleverly controlled information. The people in the power successfully use social media to advance their agenda. Facebook, the propaganda machine of industrial-scale is sold to the highest bidder. The magnanimity of digital crime will one day be studied in universities. But it doesn't matter to these refugees. They are ignored by all.
Most people just want to go home. Rohingyas are just walking back home. They walk to remember a home they can no longer go back to. They walk to find a home that they don't know. Long walk home."
Fawaz Rob is the first Bangladeshi to win an International award as a printmaker in Cambodia. He brings attention to the printmaking scene of Bangladesh and a big honor for the country at a time when Bangladesh is seen as an emerging economy.
Fawaz studied at universities in San Francisco (USA) and Florence (Italy). He is a practicing architect and taught at the NSU architecture department for ten years. A self-taught artist, his first solo exhibition was held in Paris and featured in "Le Parisien" magazine