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'Grits and Grains' shows effects of political uncertainty on humans

  • Published at 08:20 pm June 18th, 2019
Relation 26
'Relation 26' one of the displayed wood engraving works at the exhibition | Courtesy

Each and every work represents the artist’s inner thoughts and feelings. His wood engravings or intaglios depict everyday life elements and the stamp of time

Alliance Française de Dhaka in Dhanmondi is having a solo art exhibition by emerging artist Iqbal Bahar Chyen. The exhibition  "Grits and Grains" is showcasing about 60 of Iqbal Bahar's artwork. 

Each and every work represents the artist’s inner thoughts and feelings. His wood engravings or intaglios depict everyday life elements and the stamp of time. 

One of the displayed artworks, “Relation-26,” done in wood intaglio shows broken relations and the broken state of human beings, in gloomy colors and abstract form. 

“Taste of Time,” an art work in series, consists of 5 works of art representing the effects of political uncertainty on human minds.  Talking about the series the artists told the Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime: “This series demonstrates my mental state during the political uncertainty in 2013 and 2014.

“At that time our country was very fragile and people were murdered every now and then, which bothered me so much, and I tried to capture that uncertainty on my canvas.”

“Imagery,” “Divine Memory,” and “Exodus” are some of the artworks at the exhibition worthy of mention. The artist also uses water colours and mixed media besides working in wood intaglios. 

Beginning on June 14, the exhibition will remain open for all till June 29. Eminent artist Shahid Kabir was chief guest at the opening ceremony, and architect Salauddin Ahmed was there as special guest. 

About the artist: 

Iqbal was born in 1986 in Cox’s Bazaar. He earned his BFA and MFA from the University of Development Alternative (UODA).

He has received several accolades, including ‘Kibria Young Printmaker Award 2018’ and the Golden Award in ‘Freedom of Thoughts: Bangladesh-Japan Contemporary Art Festival 2013,’ organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. 

The artist has also participated in a number of group exhibitions at home and abroad, including Beijing International Art Biennale in 2015 and 2017, Taiwan Print Biennale in 2018, and Asian Art Biennale in 2014 and 2018.