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During the two-month residency Rost made many works which reflected the frustrations and the inequalities which the artist witnessed within Dhaka, including a collaborative performance (The Road to Plastic Democracy), two short films and the installation Mother of Corruption. Jessica Rost worked closely with the Bangladeshi artist, Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty, a member of Britto Arts Trust. At the end of the residency the two artists presented their works in an exhibition entitled Plastic Democracy, at The Goethe Institute, Dhaka.

Rost writes:
I am having some difficulty adjusting to my comfortable life back here in the UK, after spending two months in Dhaka, Bangladesh, one of the most polluted and over populated capitals, in one of the poorest countries of the world.

It is probably quite normal to feel disorientated after such an intense period of work and certainly common to feel ‘culture shocked’ even returning from a short break in Southern Europe. But this time the adjustments are harder to make and perhaps the changes to my outlook are permanent.

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Britto Arts Trust is an artists-led, not-for-profit trust committed towards promoting exchange and dialogue between artistic communities internationally and regionally. Britto runs international and local artistic workshops and events and international residencies.

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