The artistic contribution of women around the world has always been overlooked, and Bangladesh is no different.
The contributions of Novera Ahmed, the first modern sculptor in Bangladesh, along with contemporary artists Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Rokeya Sultana, and Farzana Ahmed Urmi were discussed at “Four Generation of Female Artists in Bangladesh” at Dhaka Art Summit on Monday.
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Arts on display at Dhaka Art Summit Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune
“Novera Ahmed paved the way for younger women in Bangladesh. It is very sad that we did not give her the credit she was due for a long time even though she was the co-designer for the Shaheed Minar,” said Art Historian Rezaul Karim Sumon.
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“To me, Art is all about feelings. When I'm looking at any exquisite piece of art, I can experience the difference. I believe, any kind of artistic exposure is an exploration.”- Sifat Amreen, Freelancer Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune
“The discrimination faced between the two main designers of a national monument highlights the gender discrimination in the art world,” said prominent artist Rokeya Sultana.
Novera’s husband Gregoire de Brouhns said she did not work for publicity but for herself.
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“I'm mesmerized by 'studies in form' exhibition at the art summit, which has already began to generate a story in my mind.” - Nadeem Zaman, Writer and Novelist Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune
“In the context of history of art, the silent revolutionary character of Novera Ahmed will further motivate young aspiring female artists of Bangladesh,” said Farzana Ahmed Urmi.
Dhaka Art Summit Highlights for Tuesday
The Asian Art Biennale in Context is Curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt. Drawing works from the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s collection, and the archive of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, the exhibition will reflect Bangladesh’s rich history of large-scale recurring international exhibitions, focusing on the first five editions of the biennale.
Film showing: Finding Fanon part one of a trilogy exploring glottalization and race through the revolutionary post-colonial writer Frantz Fanon’s work. The movie by Larry Achiampong & David Blandy will be shown at the National Art Gallery entrance at 5pm.