Int’l video art festival 2019 begins at Shilpakala

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Dec 07,2019


Guests and organisers look at a screen displaying video art on the opening day of ‘Artpro International Video Art Festival 2019’ at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday. — Abdullah Apu

An international video art festival titled ‘Artpro International Video Art Festival 2019’ featuring 25 works by artists from 16 countries commenced at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.

The three-day festival has been jointly organised by artpro and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. It has been curated by Tanzim Wahab. It is featuring seminars, workshops and exhibition based on the theme ‘Neighbourhood’.

Local artists namely Abir Shome, Firoz Mahmud, Jisarin Hoque, Sanjid Mahmud, Sumana Akter, Yasmin Jahan Nupur and Zihan Karim and foreign artists Alexander Isaenko from Ukraine, Anver Pinchover from Switzerland, Carles Pamies from Spain, David Anthony Sant from Australia, Fran Orallo and Sophia Moffa from United Kingdom, Guilherme Bergamini and Joacelio Batista from Brazil, Jean-Michel Rolland and Sandrine Deumier from France, Johannes Christopher Gerard from Netherlands, Julio Velasco from Germany, Karan Shrestha from Nepal, Marco Valdiva from Peru, Mercedes Aqui from Mexico, Octavianus Frans from Indonesia and Ushnish Mukhopadhyay from India are participating in the exhibition.

Awami League lawmaker for a reserved seat Zakia Parvin Khanam inaugurated the festival as the chief guest.

To mention a few works, local artist Abir Shome’s 3-munute work titled ‘Oh Life’ depicts the mundane life of a poet, who is desperate to create a perfect ambiance to achieve a momentum to write his poem. 

Ukrainian artist Alexander Isaenko’s work titled ‘Adieu, Corpus’ is about the versatility of human body. The film shows the body as a place, not as a subject. British artist Fran Orallo’s one-minute work titled ‘Death Dance’ consists of a video collage formed by images, which generate a new sense, with surrealist influence.

Brazilian artist Guilherme Bergamini‘s work titled ‘Ferramental’ depicts the relationship between man and machine. The work has been inspired by the process of blood pulsation. It depicts the machine as motor of an ‘evolution’ and technological development and the heartbeat is the source of action and life.

The festival will end on December 8.

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