Experimental works on display at Zainul GalleryCultural Correspondent
An exhibition featuring experimental works in different mediums by the students of Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University and London based Slade School of Fine Arts is on display at the Zainul Gallery-1 and 2 at DU.
The artworks are output of an exchange programme supported by the British Council’s Inspire Project.
The exhibition features six installations, a collage of drawings and the photographs of the sculptures made by the students of Slade at the institute in London.
Following a workshop led by Dryden Goodwin in Dhaka, the students of FFA made an interesting installation which is collage of photographs depicting random people and moments we encounter in the daily life in Dhaka.
The photographs are pasted in a mosque-shaped board and the lights are designed in such a manner that the artwork’s shadows are reflected from two directions on the wall to create the illusion of a historical monument.
The exhibition also screens a video documenting featuring the making process of the installation.
Another installation styled ‘Journey Through Art and Tea’ depicts a large tea bag made of cloth which is also used as the screen of a video that depicts a tea stall and different people who gather at the place.
Interestingly the students have decorated the threads all over the gallery with used teabags tinted with rickshaw paints those they collected during the project
Some students are also displaying artworks they created following another workshop conducted by Lisa Milroy with their favourite objects like eyeglass, wrist-watch, chain, cap and many more in black and white using charcoal, pen, pencil and colour.
The photographs of the outputs of the workshop in London in which the Slade students made pratima [icon] conducted by two faculties of the department of sculpture of Dhaka University Lala Rukh Selim and Nasima Haque Mitu, are on display at the exhibition.
A slideshow of the workshop is also projected.
The objective of the ‘Inspire Project’ that began in 2010 is to stimulate collaboration between UK and Bangladeshi academics, and explore the differences and similarities in the educational challenges faced in these two very different contexts, said Lala Rukh Selim.
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