Young Bangladeshi artist Soma Surovi Jannat has recently been honoured as the first-ever Bangladeshi artist for the Frere Hall South Asian Artist in Residence program at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, England.
Opened in 1683, the Ashmolean is Oxford University's Museum of Art and Archaeology and the oldest public museum in the United Kingdom.
According to the social media post of the Ashmolean Museum, the aim of the residency is to support South Asia-based artists with the opportunity to access the Museum's collections, while exploring and strengthening their own practices.
It praises Surovi’s artistic ventures, quoting that “Surovi makes work about how human beings can cultivate their senses through their relationship with nature. She creates a multi-dimensional space with drawings, herbs and organic materials, where viewers have the opportunity to enhance their visual perception and senses through interaction with the artwork.”
The museum also shared a painting of the artists titled ‘Resensitizing the Brown Narrative’ created at the Museum in August of this year.
While contacted, Surovi told UNB from her residency in Oxford, United Kingdom that she is absolutely overjoyed to share her incredible achievement.
“On the 19th of August, I had the honour of joining the Frere Hall South Asian Artist in Residence program at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. It was like a dream come true! I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the University of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum for believing in my artistic journey.”
“I'm deeply thankful to my parents, my dear husband Asif Rahman Siam, and my family and friends for their unwavering support every step of the way. Their prayers mean the world to me. All praise to Almighty Allah for this incredible opportunity!” Surovi wrote on her social media profiles, sharing her achievement.