Neighbors’ Day: April 30
To mark the first anniversary of the Whitney’s new home, neighbors visit free on Saturday, April 30.Reserve tickets
I am part of a family that struggled and worked hard to succeed. While growing up, I looked up to my brother who drew―not because of school or for some assignment, but for himself. He always had ideas and stories to draw which were so fascinating. My brother inspired me. He was the one who introduced me to the world of art. I come from an Indian family who generally want their kids to pursue a high-paying career. While there are many artists in my country, Bangladesh, my parents don’t exactly believe in the arts. They have the perception that artists fail or don’t get far in life. Growing up with that thought in my mind, it discouraged me from becoming an artist. Then I realized, aren’t we all potentially artists, because what really is an artist? I think an artist is someone who struggles to get their message out or to express themselves in a way where they become vulnerable for just a moment, and everyone struggles with that. Generally, most people would hope to have a family, a good job and a long life. But along with those achievements, I hope to obtain happiness.