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'Winning with Art': Month-long art exhibition at Dhaka’s Gulshan Avenue

  • Published at 08:51 pm December 1st, 2018
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'Winning with Art' launched at Radius Centre Bay’s Galleria, Gulshan 1 on Friday evening | Courtesy

Curated by Nabila Rahman, the exhibition showcases 17 paintings of three different artists- Farhana Yasmin, Prosun Haldar, and Azizee Fawmi Khan

Who knew that contemporary artists of Bangladesh are into representing women through their individuality? Well, the exhibition “Winning with Art” launched on Friday evening in Gulshan-1, at Radius Centre Bay’s Galleria proves just the same.
Curated by Nabila Rahman, the exhibition showcases 17 paintings of three different artists- Farhana Yasmin, Prosun Haldar, and Azizee Fawmi Khan, with the themes- Evanescence, Life, and Impressions, respectively.
The event was launched at 5 pm with a brilliant cello performance by Razef Khan, who is currently an under-study of French instructor, Frank Bernerd. Additionally, there were other singing performances and refreshments for visitors.
The artists say this is a fine arts exhibition where they tried to showcase some experimental work.
All the three artists presented their unique style in the portrayal of women’s strength, intelligence, and individualistic personality, going beyond the stereotypical  and traditional beautiful/ sexual representation of women.
In her paintings, Yasmin tried to portray the internal positivism of a woman, through a combination of fantasy and reality using imaginary characters, creating a mysterious aura for the audience to decipher.
Haldar and Khan, however, portrayed both the positive and negative in women, drawing on their personal experience with real characters.
Haldar, also a student of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, said: “I like to do illustrations. But I am a student of art. So I tried to merge my interest with my field of study, bringing 5 paintings to this exhibit. I tried to illustrate local stories from a global perspective.”
Again, Khan, a former student of the very same faculty, said she tried to exemplify the individuality of women and their growth through various tragic experiences.
When asked about her motivation for doing so, she firmly said: “Feminism itself is evolving and right now it has reached a crucial and strong stage. It’s important to portray that in paintings so that they don’t get lost in reality.”
For everyone interested, the exhibition will continue till December 31, 2018, with the help of media partner, ‘Showcase’ .