Artist Kazmin Samia’s search for self-identity has taken centre stage in a solo exhibition that is now underway at the Kala Kendra on the Iqbal Road in Mohammadpur.
The show, titled ‘Unravelling,’ features artworks done in an array of mediums such as drawing, photography, digitally-manipulated image, video and text.
But it is not only about the artist’s search for her own identity. She also shows how the crisis of identity and issues related to identity play a part in life of other people, and also explores themes such as social taboos and restrictive situations that women have to undergo.
In order to make a sense of her ties with her ancestors, Kazmin Samia used digital printing, showing a juxtaposition of the images of her mother, grandmother and herself – all in their youth. The images, all printed on a single paper, appear in a variety of layers, symbolically showing the experiences and transformations that each of them went through.
The artist is also showcasing 27 drawings of her mother. The drawings are semi-abstract in nature, dominated by red, and vaguely show a woman in different postures.
‘I tried to show the interplay of my ideas and reactions related to my cultural, ethnical and religious identities,’ said Kazmin Samia, adding that she had also tried to show how expatriates struggle with stereotypical depictions of their identities in the countries of their residence. The exhibition, which began on October 4, will remain open for the public until October 18.
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