Group art show portrays contemporary crisis

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 21,2019

 
 

Visitors look at displayed paintings at the group show ‘Odds and Ends’ under way at Galerie Zoom of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka in Dhanmondi. — Press release

Upcoming artists are displaying paintings criticising contemporary issues at a group exhibition under way at Galerie Zoom of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka in Dhanmondi.

The exhibition titled ‘Odds and Ends’ has been organised by Alliance Française de Dhaka where seven fine arts students of Dhaka University namely Afia Airin, Ajay Shanyal, Anika Tasnim, Shakil Mozumder, Purnia Mrittika, Shipra Bishwas and Rony Mandol have displayed their works.

Professor of FFA drawing and painting department Jamal Ahmed was present as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the 11-day exhibition held on November 19. BRAC University Centre for Peace and Justice executive director Manzoor Hasan was present as special guest.  Director of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka Olivier Dintinger also attended the event.

The exhibition has been curated by DU drawing and painting department lecturer Kamal Uddin.

‘All the participants are my students. This exhibition gives them a platform for showcasing their talent,’ said Kamal Uddin.

The exhibition features a total of 21 artworks created using mediums like watercolour, acrylic, oil, woodcut, mixed media and others.

The works address topics like violence against women and children, everyday objects and others.

To mention a few works, Ajay Sannyal’s acrylic painting titled ‘Exposition of Life’ shows a man playing chess wearing a red t-shirt.

Purnia Mrittika’s oil painting titled ‘Contemporary Issues -5’ shows a blood stained doll lying on the floor resembling a chess board. The red colour of the blood depicts violence against children in contemporary society.

Another oil painting by the artist, titled ‘Contemporary Issues-4’, shows a pair of white shoes, which have red spots depicting blood.

Shakil Mazumder’s woodcut work titled ‘Expedition-1’ shows a woman donning a white sari standing in a room.

The exhibition will remain open till November 29.

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