Farzana Islam Milky has sculpted stories and rhythms of life in her figurative sculptures now on display at her second solo show at La Galerie of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka at Dhanmondi in the capital.
The exhibition titled ‘Rhythm of life-2’ displays a total of 28 sculptures, done mainly in aluminum white cement, brass and mixed media.
The sculptures address issues like human relationship, motherhood, friendship and childhood
Former cultural affairs minister Assaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest on April 5, while Dhaka University sculpture professor Lala Rukh Selim was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony.
‘Farzana Islam is a sculptor who sees the human figure in a variety of activities and environments. Her sculptures tell stories of people and their relationship with one another and the environment. Farzana does not depict her figures in details, but gives an impression of movement and purpose,’ says Lala Rukh Selim, professor of sculpture department at Dhaka University, on the show.
To mention some sculptures, an aluminum piece titled ‘Alone’ shows a woman sitting on a shattered tree and talking to herself.
Another aluminum sculpture titled ‘Mother’ shows a mother’s affection to her child, while ‘Friends’, a white cement piece, shows two friends having a chit-chat.
In mixed media sculpture titled ‘Net’, the sculptor has created a structure, made of metals and nets, which represent how society has a restricting impact on individual’s aspirations and desires.
In ‘Childhood-1’, the artist has presented three children playing carefree with a mirror placed under their feet which reflects the sky.
‘This is my second solo exhibition where I have tried to tell stories and memories that I have. These sculptures give a glimpse into everyday activities of human life, interactions between people and between people and nature’, said sculptor Farzana Islam Milky.
Farzana completed her BFA in sculpture in institute of fine arts of Dhaka University in 1994 and MFA in 1996. Now she is working as a teacher at Sunnydale School.
The exhibition will remain open till April 19.