Neighbors’ Day: April 30
To mark the first anniversary of the Whitney’s new home, neighbors visit free on Saturday, April 30.Reserve tickets
Who am I? You know, I’ve been meaning to ask myself the same question. I honestly don’t know who I am. I’m still discovering myself. But what I do know is my passion for arts of any kind and any form. I'm a sucker for movies and video games. I really want to make movies—or to at least become a cameraman or something similar (I love cinematography). I guess I just found something about myself: that I change my mind a lot. I guess that’s why I don't know who I am. I like to say I’m from South Asia, as I was born on a plane coming from Japan. My background is really a great story. I come from a family that is descended from Mongol lords, and on my mother’s side, from Spain. Many years later, my family ended up in Bangladesh. My grandfathers were ship workers who traveled the world and immigrated to America in order to find an easier life. My family wanted me to experience our country’s culture, so for the first decade of my life, I grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh. And it was very fun.
My interests are films, photography, drawing, architecture and history. Art means a lot of things to me. I really hate modern art with a passion. But you will never know it because I respect the people who love it and who create it. What does art mean to me? I think it can mean anything that expresses something, be it emotions or just mindless thoughts. As much as I love art I also love history—it is my favorite subject. I just love learning about human culture and thinking about how far we have come.
Do I have any favorite artists? Sure, I love every classical major artist. It may sound a bit clichéd, but I love Leonardo and Michelangelo. I love some artists from the Victorian era. My favorite single work of art would be Gustav Klimt's The Kiss (1907-08). My friends, other artists, and the universe are the things that inspire me. I hope to achieve basic things in the future: a house, maybe a family. But by the time I do those things I want have gone everywhere and made friends everywhere. I want to collect memories, and maybe make a movie throughout my journey. I have already crossed one country off my list—Tibet, where I went when I was ten. I guess that trip in and of itself could be a good movie. I had fun writing this. I tend to talk more through my writing than I do face to face.