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2nd Issue

editor's note

Re-framing Lal Miah

There is a whole array of art where the resonance of the seemingly 'private' and 'secular'  becomes conspicuous, or so the haute bourgeoisie would prefer to believe. With a high  Read


'Crossfire' debacle: Drik under siege

Drik Picture Library was forcibly closed down on March 22 by the police to prevent the launch of  the photography exhibition entitled 'Crossfire', by photojournalist Dr Shahidul Alam, organized by Pathshala,  Read

Syed Jamil Ahmed : receives NSD award

In acknowledgment of his contribution to the field of theatre as scholar, director and designer, the National School of Drama (NSD), India, has recently honoured Dr Syed Jamil Ahmed with Read

Spain honours Monirul Islam

Artist Monirul Islam, one of the most illustrious Bangladeshi expatriates living in Europe, has recently been honoured with 'The Cross of Officer of the Order of Queen Isabella', which is  Read

Sayeed Ahmed passes away

Sayeed Ahmed, an iconic figure whose dramaturgic and critical exploits bore all the signs of the ingenious personalities who were behind the nineteenth-century thrust towards modernism, passed away on January  Read

Dhaka Art Center launched with '101 artists' exhibition

Dhaka Art Center (DAC) has formally begun its journey with an exhibition of '101 artists' on  April 10, 2010.It kick started with the launch of a 10-day-long exhibition showcasing works from the  Read

Subramanyan's visit at a glance

India's preeminent artist and scholar K G Subramanyan was in Bangladesh on a ten-day visit attending a string of events designed to celebrate culture and the arts.  Subramanyan inaugurated the  Read

Cosmos-Atelier71: the journey begins

Formally launched on October 23rd, 2009, the 'Cosmos-Atelier71 Print making Studio', a centre for graphic arts, organized a two-day printmaking workshop from January 29th to January 30th. During the workshop a Read


Covering Identity: Diversity Festival As A Problematic Location

The Cultural Diversity Festival organized by Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility (CHTDF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has experienced its first few hiccups – if one is willing to call Read


Revisiting Havell's values: Neo-Bengal School, The zeal for revivalism and Rabindranath's reevaluation

During the colonial period, in the in-search of an identity which was signified in the lineage of Kolkata-based modern Bengali art practices towards the end of the 19th century, the Read


Identifying Bangladeshi art in the context of Modernism

The quote above illustrates how acquiescent the colonized became vis-à-vis the knowledge of the former colonizer in the post-independence (1947) regime. Though the subsequent reflections by the same author otherwise  Read


The resistant corpus: Recontextualizing the communal vision of Lal Miah*

The sage-of-an-artist that was Sheikh Muhammad Sultan bore another name – Lal Miah (1923-94) – which was his original. Of all the articles written on Lal Miah's work, Ahmed Sofa's seems to be  Read


Sultan and his spirited peasant population: Glimpses from an organic narrative

My recent visit to Kaliganj of Jhenaidah – an agriculturally developed area, provided a reason for me to recognize once again the holistic life Sultan had envisaged within the context of   Read

cross - section

The Real, Reality and Representation

The 'real' in everyday usage denotes 'actually existing and happening and not imagined or pretended' (OED). It is in this sense that the 'real' denotes phenomenon perceived as an elemental  Read

artist writes

Kazi Hasan Habib

An artist's quest is for unravelling the truth which usually remains un-manifested, as it lies beyond what is visible in every-day life. What we fail to notice through our biological  Read


Excursion into a liminal space: Habib's attempt at naturalization through art

The cosmology of representation/presentation, buying/selling and even categorizing/archiving that modern living has brought into being are not the only backdrop against which artists determine their position and modulate their voice  Read


The Hysterically Fabulous History of Now: Erratic Discoursing with Anne Garde and Laure Vernièr

Anne Garde is a Paris-based, internationally renowned photographer of industrial sites and architectonic structures whose 'Indian palaces,' 'Lido,' 'Niemeyer,' 'Bordeaux,' 'Paris Angkor Submarine Base' etc. are seminal projects that have  Read


Abu Naser Robii: Personal involvement, impersonal act

Mostly interested in Chinese Zen and Indian mythology as well as Islamic and Christian lore with spiritual implications, Abu Naser Robii has enabled the language of the performance art to  Read


'People without history are the History': Zhuang Hui and Dan'er as memorizers

As I write this essay, the global conference on climate change is on in Copenhagen, and the leaders of the most powerful countries of the world are discussing the importance  Read

reading room

BK Jahangir on Sultan: Looking through a pair of modernist goggles

Burhanuddin Khan Jahangir, aka BK Jahangir, accepts 'modernism' as the central concept through which to read Sultan and his idiom. Modernism appears in two categories in this rather thin 96 page  Read

close look

Unpeopled and formal: Ghost City in Bangladeshi paintings

Roaming around Dhaka one cannot but notice the endless series of billboards vying for attention. Among them there are many put up by property developers; they are massive, they are    Read

depart file

An alternative protocol: Seiji Shimoda visits Bangladesh

'Our lifestyle is continuously pushing us farther away from nature and the body,' laments Seiji Shimoda, in a write-up, where he enshrines his emotions following his recent visit to Bangladesh. Read


Kazi Ghiyasuddin's recent solo: 'Self' as artist, separated from 'Other-as-people'

Kazi Ghiyasuddin is an artist of clichéd, texturally defined abstraction. Abstraction as a language hasn't had the chance to evolve out of the eco-culture of Bangladesh, as it has   Read


Chaos Fetish: Javed Jalil's stirred-up world

One minute Javed Jalil's work seems to appeal to the unhappy state of our existence, and the next minute it assails us with its formal chaos to trigger an emotional Read


The muted/mutated concept of oneness : Rokeya Sultana's revised 1st person expressivity

Brandishing the elemental to inaugurate the natural in human is one way of staving off the dominance of the market-driven, entrepreneurially fired-up milieu of our time where the (money) wise  Read


Nature cultivated in solitude: Rashid Amin keeps things close to dust and debris

When artists are tempted to initiate a back-to-basics move, it may either mean the repositioning of the agent – which is the artist – and the reorganizing of the imperatives of the Read

Tautology of navel gazing: Mohammed Fokhrul Islam in focus

Different valences of a more asinine theory advanced during the 90's mostly jawed off by Salim Al-Deen, Mohammad Rafique et al and, of course, passively received, in bovine obedience, by  Read


A Close Encounter with the Predictable

Symptoms of Anti-Eurocentric artistic articulation, from a 'traditional' Bengali position, are mostly produced and programmed to become 'Othered” by the West or the centers to condition certain cultural merchandise from  Read

terra - firma

Retracing the history of pat-chitra in Bangladesh

History tells us that, since the second decade of the last century a large number of folklorists and experts have traversed the rural frontiers of Bangladesh and have been able Read


CRAC International Art Camp in Kushtia

The recent art camp organized by Centre for Research on Art and Culture (CRAC) saw a definite boost in enthusiasm among the participants and the locals alike. With the Village  Read

Madhumati Art Camp 2010: a convergence of artists from two Bengals

A four-day-long art camp organized by Bengal Foundation and participated by artists from the West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh set the backdrop for a four-day sojourn spent in the midst   Read


Kaal, Kaali / eternity, Identity

Depart: The pre-Boidic (Vedic)-era deity Kaali problamitizes the whole spectrum of modernist narratives when it reappears as a living goddess at the end of the eighteenth century as a naked Read

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