Soma shows Santal lifestyle

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:23, Mar 24,2018 | Updated: 22:19, Mar 24,2018

 
 

Visitors look at artworks on display at AFD. — Snigdha Zaman

The solo art exhibition of Soma Surovi Jannat titled ‘Grey Contours’, displaying 100 artworks, is underway at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka in Dhanmondi.
The exhibition displays a series of drawings along with few installations. The works depict Soma Surovi’s experience of living in a Santhal village in West Bengal, India.
Soma has portrayed human, animal figures and man-made objects in her displayed pen on handmade paper and mixed media works.
A number of displayed works show distorted figures of different animals found in rural Santal villages. In fact, the animals are presented metaphorically.
The brochure of the art show reads, ‘In one image a mother bird is feeding her chick. Morphed in a way as if in a state of mutation, the bird and the chic seem unbirdly at times, transformed as they are under the machinations of an absurd condition, or so it seems. They are shown under a disjointed landscape.’
The exhibition was inaugurated in Friday. Writer and art critic professor Dr Syed Manzoorul Islam was present at the programme as the chief, professor Shishir Bhattacharjee and artist and critic Mustafa Zaman were present at the programme as special guests.
Soma has participated in more than fifteen group exhibitions at home and abroad including 7th Beijing International Art Biennale, China, 2017. She received the Media Best Award in oil painting at the annual art exhibition of University of Dhaka, in 2011.
The exhibition will remain open till April 7.

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