As part of the ongoing 18th edition of Asian Art Biennale, a two-day international seminar featuring discussions of local and foreign artists and art critics was organised at the auditorium of National Art Gallery of BSA.
The seminar that continued from Sunday to Monday featured three sessions.
In the opening session a keynote paper titled ‘Between Art and Narratives’ was presented by artist-art critic Mustafa Zaman.
Zaman in his paper analysed how colonisation and subsequently globalisation influenced the narratives of local artists.
Professor Fakrul Alam, Shamsad Mortuza, Indian artist Jogen Chowdhury and thespian Ramendu Majumdar were present as discussants at the session, which was chaired by art critic-professor Nazrul Islam.
American art critic Deborah Dyer Frizzell, Polish artist Marek Batelik, Japene art professor Tetsuya Noda and local art critic professor Syed Mazharul Islam attended the seminar on Monday.
BSA published a booklet on the seminar containing writings of artists and art critics on Sunday. In his writing American art critic Deborah Dyer Frizzell did not referred to artists as ‘teller of stories’. ‘Artists may imply a narrative, but allusions are not the same thing as a narrative in words’, wrote Frizzell.
Indian artist Sanghamitra Das wrote that the relationship between art and contemporary narrative is a dynamic one.
‘Artists always absorb contemporary narratives in their works. Bangladeshi artists of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s responded to their contemporary time and stories and presented them in their works’, wrote Das.
Besides, a roundtable titled ‘Art, Pedagogy and Promotion’ was held on Monday at the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy where local and foreign artists, art-critics and writers participated.
The 18th Asian Art Biennale is displaying 583 artworks by 465 artists from 68 countries.
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