17th Asian Art Biennale: Bipasha wins award for mixed-media work

Cultural Correspondent | Published at 05:41pm on December 04, 2016

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Bipasha Hayat poses in front of her award winning work. — Snigdha Zaman

Artist-actress Bipasha Hayat has won an honourable mention award along with five other artists at the 17th Asian Art Biennale for her mixed-media work Memoir 2016.

The award, comprising a crest, a certificate and a cheque for Tk 300,000, was handed over by finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith at the inauguration ceremony of the month-long event on Thursday.

The biennale, one of the biggest art events in South Asia, is underway at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

After receiving the award, Bipasha talked about her winning work and other endeavours in fine arts.

‘It’s really inspiring to get recognition at an event where artists from 55 countries have participated,’ said Bipasha, who won the award for the first time.

Memoir 2016, the winning piece, is a continuation of her previous works on the theme of memory and its relation to life.

‘It’s a reflection of my memories stored in my subconscious mind and written down on the canvas.

‘The texts are composed vertically, split into columns, in a way that represents the ancient practice of writing texts in columns on the walls.

‘There is no real beginning but there is definitely an end, much like many archaeological findings of the past,’ Bipasha writes in a concept paper shedding light on the complex work of art, which was done in columns on cardboard and with the help of paint and acrylic.

With a bent towards abstraction, Bipasha has been dealing with this theme of memory for the past few years.

Previously, she showcased her works on the theme at a solo exhibition, Realms of Memory, at the Bengal Art Lounge in August last year.

‘We live in a state of flux with memories gathered and then pushed back into the subconscious every day. Our memories are there with us even though we might think they are not,’ she said.

‘I try to portray these hidden memories in my work.’

Bipasha Hayat, who graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University, has exhibited her works in five solo and many group shows so far.

Currently, she divides her time between writing, acting and painting.