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22th Issue

editor's note

On the edge of the new media/world

'When a photograph is authorized by the state, levels of meaning appear to merge within it, absolutely and seamlessly, to form an ideological text. However, ideology cannot exist independently within the image...  Read

writes MUSTAFA ZAMAN
obituary

Shahid Qadri is not home

Shahid Qadri was one of the few notable poets who animated the literary scene during the fifties besides being a unique personality. There are not many poets who have gained a lot of attention on the merit of such...  Read

writes SHAKHAWAT TIPU
features

Mapping signs and sites of new praxes and paradigms

Seventeen years into the new millennium, the art scene in Bangladesh is in upheaval with the incursion of a ubiquitous practice – new media. Artists across generations now produce new media art, though at the outset there were only a handful of  Read

writes SHAHMAN MOISHAN with DEPART DESK

New Media the locus of rebirth

New media still elicits considerable suspicion from the mainstream art circuit in Bangladesh. Digital art can re-inscribe the art scene with its variegated praxis but often the verdict is that it is simply a reflection of problematic 'digital overload' in the social  Read

writes SHAHMAN MOISHAN with SHARMILLIE RAHMAN and MUSTAFA ZAMAN

Let lightning strike me: Charalnama's deconstruction of Tagorian haute 'culture'

The obscene cadence of lightning undoes that obscure object of bhakti/desire that is 'reified Tagore' in director Shahman Moishan's corrosive experiment, Prakriti, Chitra o Amaler Charalnama. Commissioned for the second edition of Kolkata-based platform, Happenings' Rabindra Utsab, the performance's charged reception  Read

writes SEEMA AMIN
interregnum

New Media Art From here, where?

As a term of art, new media spans and skates boundaries and in 2017 it is neither passé nor of-the-moment to try to examine the variegated landscape it covers. A settled term of acknowledgement, new media art does not perplex but encodes  Read

writes PARSA SANJANA SAJID

Delving into the re-real of cyber space

Cyber space is primarily an electronically mediated ecology. The threshold through which to enter this virtual world subjects the viewers to a performative engagement with the designated device – it may be a computer or currently even a mobile/cell phone. To  Read

writes SHAKHAWAT TIPU
exposure

Fictionalizing encounters Hadi Uddin's mysterium

With the series Longing, Hadi Uddin's lens has become obsessively focused on what is microcosmic. Veering away from his former projects where he appeared as a nomad recording the relationships between people, places and animals in temporary communities on the fringe, Longing  Read

writes DEPART DESK
depart file

Chobi Mela IX voice-changed to the tune of crossmedia art

A biennale, or annual art fair for that matter, once placed on the global circuit, appears as a double-headed beast. Packed in equal measures with reality and fiction that follows from the construction or remaking of the consecrated/sacrosanct space, the remade  Read

writes GOLAM MORTUJA
encounter

Emotive freights from an in-between space an encounter with Boris Eldagsen

Mustafa Zaman: Let's begin with the idea of spectrality, which we encounter in your work – especially in the composite work that is part of Chobi Mela IX. I can see that it is one of your recurring themes, and in the  Read

close look

A Personal View about a Biennale

Besides the sanctimonious arena of the museums, landmark locations of biennales are another significant site where art is coherently presented to the public today. These sites intermittently re-appear as the peripheral extension of the museums in their element of throbbing mobility, contemporaneity,  Read

writes ROMAIN MAITRA
singled out

To make out the sea that was Kochi-Muziris

The third edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB 2016) is an exciting experience for unexpected reasons, focused on creating a space for the quiet, dissenting and the introspective. As it hosts artworks by 97 artists from 31 countries, in a variety of media including live performance  Read

writes KURCHI DASGUPTA
reading room

The contemplative world of Zainul Abedin

Zainul Abedin, one of the pioneers of realism in this clime, is a national icon whose fame had once splashed across the subcontinent when his sketches based on the Famine of 1943 appeared in the post-famine environment of Calcutta, now Kolkata. With him  Read

writes SHAKHAWAT TIPU
artist writes

To see or not to see

In the catalogue published on the occasion of my first solo art exhibition in 2007, I wrote that, 'We, human beings, dwell in the world of “concepts”. These concepts may vary depending on the dimensions of time, space, and person. Some  Read

writes SHAWON AKAND
navigator

Faced with the bold, the young and the restless

Art is anaesthetized, or simply put loses its 'zing' the moment it enters the cloister of a gallery and gets worse if it is caught in the mousetrap of misinformed analysis (in some anomalous cases, the work can be overshadowed by the  Read

writes SHARMILLIE RAHMAN

Cheragi bears its torch yet again

Cheragi Pahar in Chittagong has been the go-to for, well one may be tempted to call it 'street art' (in a very literal sense) since 2012, that iterates itself annually along a thoroughfare opening at Cheragir Mor, snaking its way through myriad buildings,  Read

writes SHARMILLIE RAHMAN

Salma Abedin Prithi's Dry Run: Poetic inflection in the alienation of object and seeing

Dry Run highlighted the relationship between the actual and the virtual in an art exhibition that saw Salma Abedin Prithi broach a thematically engaging show residing between the periphery and the mainstream. Curated by Wakilur Rahman and Kehkasha Sabah, the exhibition was  Read

writes SHAHMAN MOISHAN
panorama

The turning of the tide: Bengal's Performance Art Week at a glance

Two centuries ago Kant raised a question: Who are we now? The answer led us to the meditation on 'historical presence', as Michel Foucault later observed. In the artistic realm, perhaps similar interrogation led to the investigation of 'presence' in relation to  Read

writes KEHKASHA SABAH
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