New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Issues of social justice, war, women rights and colonialism find expression in “A Finger on the Pulse”, an ongoing group show of avant-garde Bangladeshi art here.
The exhibition curated by Tanzim Wahab includes Bangladeshi artists such as Dilara Begum Jolly, Mahbubur Rahman, Imran Hossain Piplu, Anisuzamman Sohel, Promotesh Das Pulak, Mizanur Rahman Sakib, Mazia Farhana and Abir Shome.
The exhibition kicked off on December 8 at Akar Prakar gallery in Defence Colony here and will remain open for public viewing till January 11, 2019.
“How to be relevant when speaking about the present? Competing truths and parochial histories are enforced by armies of trolling gatekeepers in the great open of our digital age. Doctored narratives resonate through the dark void of echo chambers while kaleidoscopic realities cram endless feeds of ‘lives’ and ‘stories’.
“Authorities, down to the most obtuse, have spotted the condition; by advancing alternative facts they have dismembered what was left of our social bodies with their cleaving tactics. When indispensable commons as factual truths are being tribalised, when the agora is turned into an arena, a fragmentary discourse might be all that is left to sketch a semblance of reality,” said Wahab.
The exhibition showcases work by eight artists from Bangladesh whose age span covers three generations.
Their practice entails use of various media, establishing characteristic opinions on social events and there is no shared form or theme which unites them in a linear presentation, Akar Prakar gallery said in a statement.
The works are loosely assembled, multifaceted, and has no clear beginning and no definitive end. It stitches facts, emotions and anecdotes that taken together, according to the gallery, might well sketch Bangladesh in its contemporary state.