The 16th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, one of the biggest art events in the Asia Pacific region, is taking place in Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The first edition of the event was held in the country in 1981 with the aim to support and develop young artists in their chosen fields. Continuing along those lines, this year 209 Bangladeshi artists and 104 foreign artists from 31 different countries are participating in the prestigious event.
The participating countries include Iraq, Iran, Syria, Palestine, India, Kuwait, China, Nepal, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Philippines, Maldives, Australia, Pakistan, the UAE, Japan, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon, East Timor, Singapore, Jordan, Thailand, Bhutan, Qatar, Korea and Indonesia.
Artists Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Monirul Islam, Syed Abdullah Khalid, Mansur Ul Karim and Dr Farida Zaman constituted the five-member committee that selected 228 works by the 209 artists from a submission pool of 518 applicants. As a new addition this year, performance art has been included in the exhibition for the first time, with 10 artists taking part in it.
This month-long event was inaugurated by Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Monday, December 1. A seminar titled “Contemporary New Media Art Practices” was held on Tuesday in two sessions.
Among a total of 432 artworks, three has been selected for the grand prize: “Mourn of Burned Women” by Gulshan Hossain (Bangladesh), “Long March for Water” by Md Abdul Momen (Bangladesh), and “Arab Character,” by Hessa Abdulla A Kalla (Qatar).
Another six works has been chosen for the Honourable Mention Award. The artists of those artworks are Bishwajit Goswami (Bangladesh), Maynul Islam Paul (Bangladesh), Kamruzzaman Shadhin (Bangladesh), Nurul Amin (Bangladesh), Dr Fakhriya Al-Yahyal (Oman) and Hamed Al-Jabri (Oman).
The 16th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2014 is the portrayal of human emotion, craving, restraints and challenges in contemporary Asian life through arts. Here, the creative art works are not only reflecting social consequences, but also exhibiting the control of existing digital age over lives.
The art exhibition of Asia Pacific nations replete with modernity and tradition will be open for all until December 31, from 11am to 8pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 8pm on Fridays.