Focused solely on affordable prints, Kibria International Print Fair had 16 institutions and organisations as participants in its ninth edition.
Zainul Gallery of the Faculty of Fine Art of Dhaka University served as the venue while the event was organised jointly by Kibria International Print Fair Organising Committee and Kibria Printmaking Studio. The fair ran its course from February 13-15 and provided a chance for the art connoisseurs to go on a buying spree since the event has become known for low-priced monotypes, etchings, woodcuts, etc.
The fair was inaugurated on Thursday where thespian Asaduzzaman Noor was present as chief guest. Besides, noted painter and cartoonist Rafiqun Nabi, artist Monirul Islam, industrialist Dr Tanim Ud Dowlah and others were also present.
Professor Syed Abul Barq Alvi presided over the programme.
Seasoned painter and printmaker AKM Alamgir Haque received Lifetime Achievement Award from the organisers at the inauguration ceremony.
Six educational institutions, including the departments of printmaking of the University of Dhaka, University of Chittagong, and University of Khulna, department of fine arts, Jatiyo Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University and others attended the fair. Besides, well-known printmaking organisations, including Shunno Art Space, Atelier, Studio 48, Flame Print Studio etc were present with their recent yields. The 16 stalls set up at the venue had their works presented on the tables and on the walls.
The fair aimed to attract buyers willing to collect prints spending what many may dub as peanuts. The connoisseurs have this opportunity to buy works on offer at the fair with a price range starting from TK 500 hundred. The priciest prints did not exceed the 15,000 mark, said one of the participants who belonged to a studio based in Dhaka.
A spokesperson from Kibria Printmaking Studio told New Age that the fair was conceived ‘to pay tribute to the eminent artist-printmaker Mohammad Kibria.’ He also added that since 2012, the organisers have been organising the fair with the aim of promoting printmaking among the masses.
The displayed artworks were done by students and teachers of participating institutions. Besides, printmaking studios from across the country brought artworks of different artists.
Painting-oriental-printmaking department of Rajshahi University attended the fair with around 50 artworks. Among them one striking image was created by woodcut process and depicted a scenery of rural Bengal in black and white.
Khulna University displayed over two hundred artworks. Among them, an image depicted a numbers of red honey bees circling around a black bee in the centre.
Department of printmaking of University of Dhaka displayed around three hundred prints.
‘We are displaying artworks done by the students and teachers. Here we have a number of artworks in standalone prints and also some in folios. Numbers of foreigners who came for the Dhaka Art Summit visited the fair and few of them bought from us,’ said Ritu Rupa Talukdar, a third year student of printmaking of Dhaka University.
Shakiful Alam Biton, a student of printmaking in the University of Khulna spoke about the number of people who visited the fair. ‘As it was Pahela Phalgun on February 14, a huge number of visitors poured into this space. Mass people don’t have much idea about printmaking. Here they had the chance to talk with us and know about it,’ he said.
The fair ended yesterday and the sale was satisfactory said one of the organisers.
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