Group show shows chaotic city life

Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 11:33pm on March 11, 2018


Visitors look at artworks at Daily Star-Bengal Art Precinct. — Snigdha Zaman

Five artists from Taiwan and Bangladesh are displaying artworks depicting hustle and bustle of city life at a group show underway at two venues in capital.
The exhibition titled ‘ShohorNama’ is displaying works by Bangladeshi artists Najmun Nahar Keya, Shimul Saha, Tayeba Begum Lipi and Taiwanese artist Kao Jun-Honn at Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct, while artist Salauddin Ahmed’s work is being displayed at the Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth in Dhanmondi.
Najmun Naher Keya’s artwork titled ‘The Vibe’ depicts the radical changes in life in urban areas. In her work she explored how the structural design of buildings changed in Dhaka and its impact on the society.
Shimul Saha tried to show the 400 hundred years of Dhaka through his work titled ‘Road Stays Along With Tales’.
Taiwanese artist Kao Jun-Honn has shown the similarities in geopolitical features of Bangladesh and Taiwan through his displayed work.
Tayeba Bagum Lipi’s installation work titled ‘Barricade and Photography of 50 artists’ depicts the hustle and bustle of city life.
ShohorNama is part of a larger project titled ‘Topography of Mirror Cities’, depicting six Asian cities, curated by Sandy Hsiu-Chih Lo from Taiwan. In Bangladesh, Bengal Foundation is the exhibition partner.
The ShohorNama show in Dhaka has been curated by Mahbubur Rahman and organised by Britto Arts Trust.
A total of 50 artists and 4 filmmakers participated in the entire ShohorNama project, which took three-months to complete.
A discussion on ShohorNama was held on March 3 at Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth in Dhanmondi, where artist Salauddin Ahmed’s artwork is on display. The curator and artists were present at the discussion.
‘Due to shortage of space at Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct, we had to display a work at Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth,’ said curator Mahbubur Rahman.
The exhibition will remain open till March 16.