Artistic exchange is one of the hallmarks of how artists develop around the world.
The impact of other cultures is undoubtedly a great source of inspiration for Bangladeshi artists.
Speaking on “Mobility and Bangladeshi art,” artists and art critics held a panel at the Dhaka Art Summit on Wednesday.
Art critic, artist, and editor at 'Depart' (an art critique magazine) Mustafa Zaman moderated the panel that included Muhammad Iqbal, a PhD student in Fine arts at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and Shahid Kabir, a freelance artist.
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Arts on display at Dhaka Art Summit Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
Shahid Kabir said that he was inspired to learn abstract painting from the famous artist Mohammad Kibria, who himself solidified that form of painting after living in Tokyo.
“When I first started abstract painting, many people were skeptical. Inspired by Lalon's songs as sung by Farida Parveen, I started making artwork based on Lalon's philosophy,” he said.
Kabir briefly described how his stay in Spain the land of Picasso and Gaudi in the 1980s, shaped his perspective as an artist.
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Spectators at Dhaka Art Summit Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
Muhammed Iqbal, describing his experience, said: “Local journalists used to inspire me to compete in local art competitions. Later, inspired by a local tea vendor near my home who had long hair, I began to draw.”
He also briefly discussed his work “Lost Civilization” about the destruction of Bamyan Buddhas by the Taliban in 2001.