German cultural institution the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh unveiled the locker-mural titled Übernatural: Unlocked on Tuesday at the Goethe-Institut in Dhanmondi.
The mural project features 12 supernatural characters from German and Bengali traditions illustrated by 13 artists. A musical performance by Alex and the Monsters was followed by a story-telling session and a scavenger hunt during which visitors won Goethe-Institut goodies and HerStory Foundation’s books.
The initiative is a project by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, facilitated by HerStory Foundation.
“Back in January, Goethe-Institut commissioned HerStory Foundation to beautify the bag lockers that are used by visitors of the Institute. The result is a mural by 13 artists illustrating 12 supernatural female characters from Bengali and German folk traditions”, Goethe’s Information Officer Sharmin Shoma told UNB.
She further explained that the beautification of the storage facilities unlocks the many powerful female-driven narratives of the two cultures.
The stories and the artists are- Mader Gaan by Aabir Khalid, Patal Konya Monimala by Ahmed Fahim, Tanyabi Firti by Antora Mehrukh Azad, Rapunzel by Fj Mony, Frau Prechta by Farah Khandaker, Sultana’s Dream by Inshra Sakhawat Russell, Brunhild by Kabir Ava, Übernatural: Unlocked - typography by Kazi Istela, Frau Holle by Rafiuzzaman Rhythom, Chadburi by Sayeef Mahmud, Lorelei by Shourov Khan, Behula and Manasha by Venessa Kaiser and Bon Bibi by Wasi Ahmed.