My name is Mohine, and I am a seventeen-year-old student who currently attends Bronx High School of Science. I was born in Queens. My parents are from Bangladesh and my religion is Islam. I am a young girl who loves to learn. I am open-minded, and free spirited. I love to dance, write, and shop.
My culture has influenced my whole life and how I look at things. Since I always want to make my parents proud, I follow their traditional ways and I am very proud of them. I find my culture different, exciting, and unique, which is why I love being a part of it. I love color and decorating in the Indian style.
I’ve always had an interest in art, so Youth Insights at the Whitney is a way for me to express my interests and learn more about art. I also love traveling and going to new places. When I first went to Bangladesh, it was a whole different experience for me. The people there shared my heritage, and I enjoyed that since we had something in common.
I love doing classical Indian dance. I have been dancing since I was five years old. It is my passion. These steps, that have been passed down for many generations, are a form of art. It opens up your mind and soul. To me, art means being creative and letting out my soul, loving nature and the beauty of it. Art is a way of expressing your mind and sharing it with people and showing them your inner talent.
My favorite visual artist is Damien Hirst. He is one of the world’s richest artists and his works are amazing. When I saw his sculpture, For the Love of God, I fell in love with it. It is a platinum cast of a human skull with diamonds encrusted on it. I’m a girl, so I love diamonds. To some, it may look too costly and stupid, but to me, this sculpture is beautiful.
Even though I love to dance, I do not wish to make a career of it. It is something I do during my free time and enjoy now while I am young. In the future I want to become a lawyer. It has been mine and my parents’ dream for a very long time.