Divided life, 2020
2021-07-23 13:30:46

Will ‘being human’ never happen? When I was in the womb, the outside world began the arrangements to receive me. The division started since then. Then, as I grew up, I realized that without my knowledge, I was divided into caste, religion, caste, gender, class, status, and regionalism. I was torn to pieces but I did not understand. Now, that segregated me is much bigger than my human identity. 

I've been hearing this since I was a kid; Adults, teachers used to urge me to be ‘human’. Some said to be ‘humane like humans’. I don't know what they meant by 'being human', but as I got older I have come to make sense of it on my own. I have never been human and I don’t think it will ever happen for me. My fragmented identities have become so large that the individual human identities seem so inappropriate even ridiculous.


Still, I want to be hopeful that the day will come when the divisions come to unison and the pieces unite for me to become a real human. It will definitely come.

Rezaul Hoque is a professional artist, having completed his graduation from the Institute of Fine Arts under the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Alongside working with other artists, his last worked in 2014 with Alyssa Monks, of the New York Academy of Art, New York, USA.
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It only takes an unexpected and small incident to change the course of life, like the apple falling on Newton’s head leading to the discovery of the law of gravity. Fortunately it was an apple, and not a coconut!!!