A fifteen-day-long solo photography exhibition by Nasir Ali Mamun titled 'SM Sultan- The Cosmic Journey of a Fugitive' kicked off yesterday at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka. The exhibition was inaugurated by cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor with Marie Annick Bourdin, ambassador of France to Bangladesh, Mario Plama, ambassador of Italy to Bangladesh, eminent artist Monirul Islam, artist Mustapha Khalid Palash and Prof. Moinuddin Khaled in attendance. A book of Nasir Ali Mamun under the same title was also launched on the opening ceremony.
Over the span of a decade, Nasir Ali Mamun recorded the one-man journey of the ‘fugitive’ and bohemian painter SM Sultan, and his pathos and struggles while recreating on giant canvasses the essence of human spirit. Mamun’s camera chronicled Sultan’s closeness to the common people and how he spoke for the people who had toiled for ages and contributed to the advancement of human civilisation.Sultan depicted on his canvasses his surroundings, animals, birds and plants that he greatly cared for. He adroitly shunned publicity and lived in his native village in Narail. Photographer Mamun has tried to immortalise that inner spirit of Sultan, revealing many hidden and obscure faces of the master painter’s spiritual journey. Dedicated to Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, the exhibition is showcasing these historic and iconic photographs.
Nasir Ali Mamun has spent ten years in pursuit of exploring the elusive artist’s life and his contemplative emotion. The founder of portrait photography in Bangladesh, Nasir Ali Mamun is best known for his extraordinary and soul-searing portraits of celebrities from different backgrounds, including arts and politics.
His body of work, exclusively done in black and white from 1972 onwards, has been described as the work ‘capturing rare moments of rarer human beings in a spirit of discovery, providing a facial history of creative souls.’
The exhibition will remain open for all till October 05, 2018.