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.

 

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International Artists' Residency 2012

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Pixelation 1

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Britto International Artists' Workshop 2013

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Pixelation 2

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Event

1mile²

 

 

Britto Arts Trust, Bangladesh + Visiting Arts, UK

Working Group:  Mahbubur Rahman, Imran Hossain Piplu, Maynul Islam Paul, Hasanur Rahman Reaz, Shulekha Chaudhury, Promotesh Das Pulak, Najmun Nahar Keya, Ashim Halder Sagor, Shimul Saha, Ayesha Sultana, Masum Chisty, Owen Beuchet & Tayeba Begum Lipi.

Researcher: Dr. Niru Shamsun Nahar

Main Collaborators (Artists): Mahbubur Rahman, Bangladesh & Sarah Khatun Miah

 

Participants: Including artists, photographers and film makers

Amirul Rajiv, Anisuzzaman Sohel, Ayan Mazumder, Ayesha Sultana, Halimul Islam Khokon, Hasanur Rahman Reaz, Imran Hossain Piplu, Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty, Kamruzzaman Shadhin, Kazi Salahuddin Ahmed, Khandaker Nasir Ahmed, Jamil Akber Shamim, Joarder Mahmood Poltu, Mahbubur Rahman, Manir Mrittik, Maynul Islam Paul, Md. Harun-ar-Rashid Tutul, Mohammad  Ismail  Hossain Neloy, Mohammad. Wahiduzzaman, Molla Sagar, Naima Haque, Nazmul Ahsan, Owen Beuchet, Rabi Khan, Raihan Ahmed Rafi, Rashedul Huda, Rokeya Sultana, Saleh Mahmud, Saiful Wadud Helal, Sanjida Shaheed Sunny, Sarah Khatun Miah, Shahid Ahmed Mithu, Shahriar Shaon, Shulekha Chaudhury, Syed Zahid Iqbal, Tarun Ghosh, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Upama Shirin Shammi, Urmi Bashak Shukla

 

List of the workshop/ presentation

01.  Feature on Old Dhaka & Forest/ Green Nature: 1 October

02. Concept Development Workshop: 2 - 4 October

03.  Digital image and Sound: 5 - 7 October

04.  Video Art workshop- Mapping the canals of Old Dhaka: 16 - 20 October

05. Workshop on Documentary Film Making: 30 - 31 October & 2- 6November

06. Presentation by Sarah Khatun Miah, UK: 1 November

07. Ethnic Culture & Green nature (Modhupur Forest): 12 - 16 November

08. Educational Project: 19 - 20 November

09.  Community Based Project: 19 - 20 November

10. City Workshop: 25 - 26 November

11. 1mile² Dhaka Exhibition: 4December, Old Dhaka

 

 

 

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

 

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 

 

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.

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.