Dwip gallery celebrates diversity of art and identity

Kabory Shihab | Published: 00:13, Feb 24,2020


An artworks from the exhibition.

Eleven visual artists are displaying their artworks at a group exhibition under way at Dwip Gallery located at Lalmatia in the capital.

The exhibition titled ‘In (and out of) the stones of our minds’ which began on February 19, is curated by artist Mustafa Zaman.

It was inaugurated by artist Monirul Islam, Dhali Al Mamoon and Rokeya Sultana.

‘We had planned an exhibition to celebrate one year founding anniversary of  Dwip around two months ago. But for some unavoidable circumstances it was delayed and finally we could manage to stage it after the Dhaka Art Summit was over,’ said Mustafa Zaman.

The ‘In (and out of) the stones of our minds’ is inspired by a song of late singer John Lennon and it presents cross- and multimedia works by artists of different generations, including Towfiqur Rahman, a member of Shomoy group that emerged in the 80s and dismantled by the mid-90s.

Other participants are Mustafa Zaman, Murshed Jahangir, Manan Morshed, Arju Rahman, Tahia Farhin Haque, Anamika Chowdhury, Farhana Akhter, Farzana Akhtar, Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo and Ata Mojlish.

Two of the participants have held their exhibition at Dwip gallery before.

The exhibition aims to address the emerging identities that seek to challenge the dominant positions on art and society. The artworks, in their fragmentary representation of time and place, reexamine some of the core questions on and around the changing aesthetic mores and their relationship with human existence.

Artist Towfiqur Rahman’s three video projections are a meditation on the relationship between human and nature. Titled ‘Distortion’, they use mirror doubles to lend the moving images an uncanny dimension.

Artist Mustafa Zaman’s ‘Witnessing the witnesses’ presents a cluster of portraits developed from sourced negatives from the era of darkroom photography. A photograph pasted on the wall thus seems like a collage while a number of small portrait prints are placed on the floor underneath.

Tahia Farhin Haque, whose black and white photographs of people and places have already won her some renown, presents her series on some open books spread over a low, open cupboard set against a wall. Image and text thus get into a relationship which perhaps was not predetermined. 

Anamika Chowdhury’s light boxes display six photographs zooming in on medical wastes and articles used by humans while they were floating on the river. The photographs look too colourful due to digital manipulation. Titled ‘Buriganga’, the works address the deteriorating quality of the river water.

A number of photographs by Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo are displayed in a form of installation where a wooden furniture and mobile phone holders are used to present his series on urban life. The photos stick out from the stool-like structure with the help of the phone holders.

Murshed Jahangir has a table and placed on the top of it few vegetables wrapped with polythene. Besides, there is few aluminum made containers to carry milk. He has also pasted five human figure paintings on wall which are painted using mud only. The installation is titled ‘Eudaimonia’, a Greek word that means living well, which the artist repurposes to emphasise the human-nature bond.

‘Leftover Stories’ by Manan Morshed contains five abstract paintings painted using black ink on paper. This is the most silent work in the exhibition.

Farhana Akhter, an young photography graduate, has titled her artworks ‘Unrevealing the Puzzle Inside’, which includes two large black and white photographs of women. In one a woman beside a burning book and, in another, a woman fully covered with burqa and veil with a picture of western women worn around the neck, articulate existential crises that haunt women and man alike.

Farzana Akhtar, another young photographer, presents seven photographs of female wigs while Mustafa Zaman puts one wall a hand-drawn male figure and places a real male wig on the head.

Ata Mojlish, who had his solo at the gallery few weeks ago, has a digitally manipulated cluster of self-portraits.

The group exhibition will run till February 29. It remains open from 3:00pm to 9:00pm, except Monday.

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