Artist Kazi Sayed Ahmed has addressed destruction of environment and nature in his experimental works on jute hessian on display at his seventh solo show ongoing at La Gelerie of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka in Dhanmondi.
The exhibition, titled ‘Surface as Symbol’, displays 12 artworks done in mixed media on jute hessian.
The artist has used jute hessian to remind the audience of the once glorious golden fibre of the country.
‘I have been working on jute hessian for the last 15 or so years. Jute, to me, is a symbol of green Bangladesh. Sadly, the golden fibre has lost its luster which shows how we are showing utter disregard to environment and nature’, said Kazi Sayed Ahmed.
The artist has also used fabrics to create patterns and stitched them on jute hessian.
Sayed’s stitching also refers to the traditional art of nakshi kantha (embroidered quilt). Thus the use of jute hessian as canvas and stitching as a technique become symbols to allude to the rapidly vanishing greenery and traditions across the country.
‘Sayed’s works are premised on the displacement of time and space in an urban setting where accelerated development in the last two decades has taken its toll. Since the idea of progress is now shorn off of any logic and rationality, his known world is gradually being lost into an unknown chaos’, writes art-critic Mustafa Zaman in an article published in the exhibition brochure.
The chaotic urban world which man created displacing the greenery has been depicted in Sayed’s works.
In all 12 works, created by stitching fabrics on jute hessian, visitors can see the barren, grey and chaotic urban world.
The exhibition, which was inaugurated by eminent artist Monirul Islam on August 31, will end tomorrow.