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Where Blue Birds Fly

Homayra Adiba's avatar Homayra Adiba

I was born in the ’90s in a joint family. When we were little we used to go to the rooftop every evening. Maa would arrange shitol-pati for us to rest and count the stars on load-shedding nights. It was a ritual for us to climb the stairs and get soaked when rained. The trees that Baba and Uncle planted over the years were our climbing spot. That’s where I learned about trees having a life. When the wind blew we flew our kites, when we ran out of kites we flew polybags. In the beginning, I started photographing my rooftop to find my lost childhood, and slowly I began to explore different rooftops of Dhaka city. In the process of finding my lost childhood, I began to find new memories. In old Dhaka, I relived the relationship of people with their space the most. But as the city growing in population and high rises, new Dhaka seems to be more and more disconnected. With fewer kids to count the stars and fewer birds to take their last round before heading home.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: N/A
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 6 feet