Nazia Andaleeb Preema’s 20th solo art exhibition titled ‘Objectified’ closed on February 28, 2017 at the gallery of ‘Bistaar: Chittagong Arts Complex’.
As a visual artist, Nazia Andaleeb Preema’s passion for dynamic idea, technique and experiment for new media (performance, video installation and electronic art) makes her one of the important artists of Bangladesh. Her true embodiment of innovation, versatility and contemporary sensibilities are able to create the new language and technique of the international art practice. Total 39 artworks were exhibited at this exhibition.
“We believe that this small but representative exhibition of Preema will enormously benefit the young artists of the city who are searching for a voice of their own, to come to terms with the rapidly changing dynamics of the art world and to eventually find their form and forte”, said Alam Khorshed, founder-director of ‘Bistaar: Chittagong Arts Complex’.
“I believe art has no confirmation, rather it deals with possibilities. Hence I always want to try possibilities more than anything. I don’t want to be the ‘Prisoner of Art’. For me painting is a feeble, unsuccessful activity, after all. But it has unlimited possibilities to go beyond and rise further. I know that art can take me there where I will only try to create more and destroy more. Because this is the only process art knows and this is the only way an artist should take“, said the artist about her artworks.
“For me, as an artist, what’s important is to cover everything from the motional to the literal, and in order to do that I give myself a very tough time. My emotional veil at times becomes my weakness but most of the time it reflects and projects strength of the soul of my existence beyond gender and other ordinary issues. Being a woman in society like ours is a constant fight with the inner identity and outer personality. It is a ‘dilemma’ between dual persona of an individual, as women, here, we are either the object of celebration or victim of situation“, Preema added.
Nazia Andaleeb Preema got her Master’s in ‘Drawing and Painting’ from the University of Dhaka. She has been dealing with the issue of women’s representation in a poetic manner. Her acclaimed video performances are ‘Monajat’ (2008), ‘And Stare Continues’ (2009), ‘Marry my Egg’ (2011), ‘Monologue with Light’ (2012), ‘Aged with cellphones’ (2014) and ‘Ico-lation’ (2015).
She participated in a number of competitive art residency programs, workshops and has been awarded major international grants for pursuing her works throughout her career since 1999. She received ‘Anannya Award’ for being the outstanding visual artist of Bangladesh in 2014. Some of her achievements also include Honorable Mention award in Chitrakala Category by Jatiyo Mahila Parishod (2009), Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Award in Painting by Bangladesh Charushilpa Parishad (2007/2008), Web Art Award by Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (2006), Royal Overseas League Scholarship UK (2003), Honorable Mention Award, The Group Modern Painting Exhibition, organized by Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (2003), Media best award in oil painting, Fine Arts Department, Dhaka University (2000) and second prize winner of Miniature Painters, Sculptures and Grover’s Society of Washington DC, USA (1999).
The exhibition was inaugurated on February 25, 2017. Shaela Sharmin, an artist and the director of the Institute of Fine Arts, Chittagong University, was present on the occasion as the chief guest with prominent fashion designer Ivy Hasan as the special guest. Alam Khorshed, founder-director of ‘Bistaar: Chittagong Arts Complex’, presided over the opening ceremony of the exhibition.