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‘Stitched Collage’: Solo art exhibition by Suranjana Bhattacharja

Kandinsky’s work has always been one of the principal sources of surprise, love and inspiration for Suranjana.

Update : 17 Apr 2024, 11:25 PM

Collage is an art form that has been around for two thousand years. After the invention of paper. The technique started in China and continued through the Middle Ages and spread to other parts of the world such as Japan and Europe.

 

Before and after Renaissance, in the nineteenth and twentieth century, along with the Surrealist and Dada movement followed by Modern art. Great artists like Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse and Wassily Kandinsky among many others did each collage in their own way. Among these maestros, particularly Kandinsky’s work has always been one of the principal sources of surprise, love and inspiration for Suranjana.

 

Suranjana, born in Narayanganj but brought up in Chittagong and then in Narsingdi of Bangladesh. She had always a penchant for sewing and got training in a technical school run by Bangladesh Government in Narshingdi in the late eighties.

 

But a decade ago she was diagnosed with Dystrophy, a rare, chronic disease which caused her left hand partly disabled. To fight against the disease, Suranjana started stitched collage, a new form of art inspired by Kandiniski among others.

 

There was a copy of a collage hanging in one of the walls of her Montreal apartment, the famous blue nude by Matisse who also did this when he was almost visually impaired, a mere coincidence, as the artist says. “She was immensely motivated by that coincidence and this exhibition is a brainchild of that inspiration.”

 

The inauguration ceremony will be held on Friday, April 19 at 6 pm at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka and the exhibition will be open to all till Saturday, 27 April 2024. Visiting hours from Monday to Saturday from 3 pm to 9 pm.

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