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Shohor Nama

Shohor Nama

Project title “Topography of Mirror Cities”
Bangladesh Exhibition title   ‘Shohor Nama’
Curated by Mahbubur Rahman & Sandy Hsiu-chih Lo , Taiwan.
Concept note
Shohor Nama means the ‘Book Of The City’, Nama means a ‘book’ while Shohor stands for ‘city’. It is a story of the city life and it’s history that I intent to express through this particular exhibition. My city has full of activities- it has joy, happiness as well as pain, loneliness, crisis and conflict. Within the city, light and shadow play over the architecture and life itself gives sense of space and vibration of the city; it’s narrowness as well as monumentality.

It is always a pleasure to do work with my own city, Dhaka- one of the most dynamic cities with full of culture and heritage lives with diverse religious and ethnic communities. Dhaka is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh and one of the world’s most populated cities, with a population of 17 million people in the Greater Dhaka Area. Dhaka is lies along the east bank of the Buriganga River in the heart of the Bengal delta.

Although Bangladesh is relatively a now born country, the old city of Dhaka was the Mughal capital of Bengal. The city’s name was Jahangir Nagar (City of Jahangir) in the 17th century.

Modern Dhaka developed from the late 19th century under the British Raj. Between 1905 and 1912, it was the capital of British Eastern Bengal and Assam. In 1947, after the Partition of British India, it became the administrative capital of the eastern wing of Pakistan. It was declared as the legislative capital of Pakistan in 1962. In 1971, it became the capital of an independent Bangladesh.

I was born and brought up in the old part of the Dhaka. I have seen lot of changes within Dhaka from my childhood. Old Dhaka was built with full of unique architectures from Mughal period to British colonial time.  Many of them have French and Portuguese influences as well.

The social and cultural changes as well as physical displacement happened during the partition in the year 1947. The subcontinent has been divided based on religion largely between Hindu and Muslim. Most of the Hindu elites and general people went through the force migration from the East Bengal to India. Within nights many villas of the city became abandoned property. Since then the older part of Dhaka is being neglected. We are losing all the beautiful architectures day by day and missing the beauty of the city and it’s long heritage.

The exhibition will bring up the reflection of city and city life. It would be a reflection of an illustration as a book.

Topography of Mirror Cities

Topography of Mirror Cities

Topography of Mirror Cities

Project title “Topography of Mirror Cities”

Bangladesh Exhibition title   ‘ShohorNama’

Curated by Mahbubur Rahman & Sandy Hsiu-chih Lo , Taiwan.

Dates: January to March 2018 

The project ‘ ShohorNama’ focuses a story of the city life and it’s history. Dhaka city has full of activities- it has joy, happiness as well as pain, loneliness, crisis and conflict. Within the city, light and shadow play over the architecture and life itself gives sense of space and vibration of the city; the narrowness exists here parallel to the enormous monumentality.

It is always a pleasure to do work with my own city, Dhaka, one of the most dynamic cities with full of culture and heritage, lives with diverse religious and communities. Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and one of the world’s most populated cities, with a population of 17 million people in the Greater Dhaka Area. Dhaka is lies along the east bank of the Buriganga River in the heart of the Bengal delta.

Although Bangladesh (b.1971) is relatively a now born country, the old city of Dhaka was the Mughal capital of Bengal. The city’s name was Jahangir Nagar (City of Jahangir) in the 17th century. Modern Dhaka developed from the late 19th century under the British Raj. 

I was born and brought up in the oldest part of Dhaka. I intimately observed lots of changes of this city from my childhood. Old Dhaka was built with full of unique architectures from Mughal period to British colonial time.  Many of them have French and Portuguese influences as well. The recent tragic social and cultural changes and physical displacement happened during the partition of the sub-continent in 1947. Everything changed radically after that and the essence of old Dhaka inappropriately turned to a recent history.

The project will bring up the reflection of city and city life. It would be a reflection of an illustration as a book.

 

No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land

21 – 26 March 2014

Open Day on 26 March 2014 celebrating the Independence Day of Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi participants will present along the East Shonapur Border and the Indian participants will exhibit on the other side of the border in Kalibari.

Project Venue: Dhonitola Village, Shaharpin Bazaar, Chhatak, Sunamganj and Zero Point, Bholaganj, Sylhet.

 

54th International Art Exhibition

54th International Art Exhibition

Bangladesh Pavilion
54th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia

Title of the Exhibition: Parables

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Participants:Promotesh Das Pulak, Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty, Imran Hossain Piplu, Mahbubur Rahman and Tayeba Begum Lipi.

Commissioners: Tayeba Begum Lipi, Bangladesh & Fiona Biggiero, Italy.

Curators:  PaoloW.Tamburella & Mary Angela Schroth, Italy.

Honorary Commissioner: Mr. Masud Bin Momen, Ambassador to Bangladesh Embassy in Rome.

Venue:Gervasuti Foundation, Fondamenta S. Ana (Via Garibaldi) Castello 993, between Giardini & Arsenale.

Organization and Production: Britto Arts Trust, Bangladesh (www.brittoartstrust.org), Bengal Foundation, Bangladesh (www.bengalfoundation.org) and Gervasuti Foundation, Venice-London.

In collaboration with:Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh,Embassy of Bangladesh in Italy,
Embassy of Italy in Bangladesh, Sala 1 Rome.

Supporters: Arts Collaboratory, Netherlands; Mohammed Ali, Bapari Hasham & Kazi A.Razzak, Sonda Srl Costruzioni Navali Associazione del Bangladesh Venezia.
Email: info@venicebiennale-bangladeshpavilion.org
URL:www.venicebiennale-bangladeshpavilion.org

 

Make A Forest

Make A Forest

MAKE A FOREST: a worldwide project that brings awareness and creativity together, is collaborating with Britto Arts Trust to organise an Outcome Exhibition of a 4-day workshop at Britto Space from 05 to 11 August. 18 artists and a photographer from Bangladesh and the Netherlands are participating.

As part of Make A Forest, an informal mobile show at Shinepukur village, Dohar, Dhaka and on Padma River is also going to be held on 3 August.

Opening 5 Aug. The exhibition remained from 6 to 11 Aug 2012.

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Residency Programme 2012

Residency Programme 2012

DHAKA WALK: A public art project

Diana Wesser, Germany

Open Studio Day: 20 Jan 2012

Dhanmondi, Panthapath, Sobhanbag area

Artist Talk: Diana Wesser at Goethe-Institut, 02 Feb 2012

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A collaborative project with some local artists was also organised during the Residency period.

Ashim Halder Sagor

Kamruzzzaman Shadhin

Maharunnesa Nipa

Md. Hasanur Rahman Reaz

Najmun Nahar Keya

Mohhammad Ismail Hossain Neloy

Masudur Rahman

Md. Shamiur Rahman Nayon

Md. Hassan Morshed 

 

Prantiker Prakitajan 2

Prantiker Prakitajan 2

A series of workshop with ethnic groups from Bangladesh.

With ethnic group call Onrao.

Venue: Talpur, Dharmapur, Godagari, Rajshahi

Dates: 20-23 April 2010

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Dr. Mostafa Sharif Anowar

Dr. M. Mustafizur Rahman

T.M.M. Nurul Modaswer Chowdhury

M. Fazlul Karim

Azadi Pervin

Mohammad Abdus Salam

Suvash Chandra Suter

Hassan Ashique

A.H.M. Tahmidur Rahman

Md. Habibullah

Md. Abdus Sobhan

Md. Zillur Rahman

Nurul Amin

A.K.M. Ariful Islam

Md. Humayon Kabir

Raziuddin Chowdhury

Shilpi Azad

Azmal Haque Bidduth

Tanvirul Hassan

Shabin Shahriar

A.K.M. Maynul Islam

Kaushik Sarker

Prantiker Prakitajan 1

Prantiker Prakitajan 1

A series of workshop with ethnic groups from Bangladesh.

Worked with ‘Rakhain’ community from South-West sea-beach area

Venue: Rangabali, Galachipa Village, Potuakhali

From 8-15 April 2010


 

Participants: 
1. Syed Abu Zakir Emon

2. Sanjida Shaheed

3. Lucky Osman,

4. Khandaker Nasir Ahmed

5. Shimul Saha

6. Mahbubur Rahman

7. Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty

8. Hasanur Rahman Reaz

9. Bivol Saha