Dhaka Live Art Biennale begins

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:21, Feb 01,2017

Preema Nazia Andalib

Preema Nazia Andalib presents her performance art Unborn Fetus on Dhaka University’s Swimming Pool premises. — Snigdha Zaman

The first international performance art based exhibition titled ‘Dhaka Live Art Biennale’ began simultaneously in four venues in the capital on Wednesday. 

The four-day exhibition has been organised by Back ART, a platform of local artist, in which 46 artists from 13 countries will perform.

The performances will take place at four location of Dhaka University including faculty of fine arts, Suhrawardy Udyan, Curzon Hall and Swimming Pool.

The theme of the biennale is ‘How the Body Traces Language and Culture: Profiles of Performativity’.

The organisers claimed that they would organise the festival bi-annually to take Bangladeshi contemporary art movement one step ahead and to intertwine art with the local and the global trends of performance arts, artists and art enthusiasts.

As part of the festival, a seminar was organised at Dhaka University’s Munier Chowdhury Seminar Hall on Tuesday where participants discussed on the history of the experimental performance art and its practice in Bangladesh at present.

On Wednesday morning, 12 artists performed. Artist Sanjoy Chakraborty staged his untitled performance art on the footpath near Suhrawardy Udyan where blogger Avijit Roy was brutally murdered by terrorists on February 26, 2015.

Covering his face with a blood-red clothe, Sanjoy remained standing silently beside a red circle he made on the footpath.

Preema Nazia Andalib presented her performance art titled ‘Unborn Fetus’ on the Swimming Pool premises. Through the experimental work, she addressed the sufferings of girls who become pregnant in adolescent age.

Other artists who performed on the opening day include Kamruzzaman Shadhin (Bangladesh), Rokko Juhász (Slovakia) and Kelvin Atmadibrata (Indonesia).    

Dhaka Live Art Biennale will end tomorrow. Performances will be held every day in two sessions: the morning session will start daily at 10am and will continue till 1pm while the second session will be held from 7:30pm to 9pm.

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