Painter Farzana Ahmed Urmi thinks that the increasing participation of Bangladeshi artists in international art events is a testimony to the improved status and progress of the local art scene.
The artist has recently represented Bangladesh at two major international art events. First she took part in the two-month Asia Young Art 36, an international exhibition of artworks by 36 artists from 14 Asian countries beginning in South Korea on September 2.
She is also displaying her works at the ongoing Yinchuan Biennale held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan in China. The exhibition is featuring 80 artists from around the world.
‘Artists today are increasingly interconnected. They are getting calls and invitations from large-scale art events. I think our artists are doing really well with lots of experimentations, which has drawn the attention of the international art community,’ Urmi said.
‘We have established a strong foothold in East Asia. However, that is not the case in European countries where the market is highly competitive. But the day is not far when we will be able to gain a foothold there, too.’
Urmi thinks local artists are ‘incredibly’ talented but they are not nearly as privileged as their counterparts in other Asian countries.
‘In East Asia, artists get every possible facility imaginable including enough space for creating art and funds from the government and other organisations that can’t be even imagined in Bangladesh,’ she said.
The artist also said she is currently working with a series of paintings on wounded face. ‘These paintings are my reaction to the violence and atrocities taking place in our society.’
Urmi has displayed her paintings in a number of solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad.
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