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Contemporary print exhibition @ BSA

Published : Thursday, 11 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 56
Md Saifuddin Al Quaderi

Imagination knows no bounds when it comes to the canvas of an artist. With swirls of the brush and blobs of colour on a palette, an artist engages in a painstaking work of creating an artwork. And, as a result, a masterpiece is born! With the contemporary prints exhibition arranged on 25 December, 2017, at the National Gallery of Art of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), a number of such works had been displayed.

65 artists have donated their artworks and have enriched the dwindling art scenario of Bangladesh. The artistes who donated their prints to our National Art Gallery include Arpana Caur, Somnath Hore, Sarojpal Gogi, Jai Zharotia, Jyoti Bhatt, Paramjeet Singh, Rini Dhumal, Sanat Kar, Anupam Sud, Ved Nayar, Kanchan Chander, Yusuf, Paaula Sengupta, Kavita Nayar, Shukla Sawant and Walter D Souza.

The minute when one steps through the gates of Gallery-6, one cannot help thinking how ingenious and creative these artists and printmakers are. From the vast number of techniques in print making art, there is an example of almost all of them in the collection that has been displayed. From various types of etching consisting of etching aquatint and etching engraving to serigraph, all were displayed at the exhibition.

One of the works which strikes the audience is the resemblance of Gandhi in a work of Sidharta Ghosh made by etching aquatint. This resembles the journey of Mahatma Gandhi and the title of the artwork is also 'Journey'. Another piece which can be appreciated is the work of Kanta Shah.

A variation print and etching on which the words 'she was here' is visible in red colour. And mixed in with these words is a faded shade of flowers. The messages which can be interpreted from this piece is that the state of women in modern times. Where the women were stereotypically presumed to be soft and delicate as a flower and were supposed to be fixed inside the rigidity of stereotypical societal scenarios.

There were many more art pieces made using various techniques which comprise serigraphy, lithograph, wood cut, palaeography and digital print. These various artworks present individual messages which portray various aspects of the society.

The gist of it all is that the various prints and paintings provided by the artists will be a cementing factor for the youth to experience and view art as a medium of general expression to the people. And, if nothing else, then the least that can be accomplished is that the dwindling art scenario can be influenced and most likely remedied with the endeavours which can be inspired among the young artists of the country through this exhibition.

The writer is studying at Notre Dame University Bangladesh

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