Two group exhibitions titled ‘Ajantrik’ and ‘(un)Seen’ are underway at two different halls (Subir Choudhury Exhibition Hall and Quamrul Hassan Exhibition Hall) of Bengal Shilpalay in the capital’s Dhanmondi area.
University of Liberal Arts of Bangladesh Professor Syed Monjurul Islam and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky inaugurated the exhibitions on the gallery premises on June 22.The both of the exhibitions will remain open to all every day from 12pm to 8pm till August 3. And the exhibitions will remain close on Sundays.
The Ajantrik, internationally known as The Pathetic Fallacy/ Mechanincal Man/ The Unmechanincal, is a Bengali film which was first published in 1958. Adapted from a short story of the same name by Subodh Ghosh, the film was written and directed by parallel filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak.
Ajantrik depicts an obsessive relationship between an eccentric cab driver, Bimal, and his 1920’s vintage Chevrolet Jalopy, Jagaddal. The film explores the complexities of human relationships through Bimal, Jagaddal and the several characters they interact with.
The exhibition seeks to re-read into Ajantrik; to understand it beyond the realm of filmmaking, and explore new directions and inspirations from popular content.
Curated by Zihan Karim, Eshita Mitra, Fahim Hasin Sahan, Fame, Hassan Mamun, Kumar Biswas, Munem Wasif, Palash Bhattacharjee and Razib Dutta are participating in the exhibition.
On the other hand, (un) Seen unfolded as an art-act by way of a three-day commune of artists in the idyllic landscape at Bormi, Gazipur. The initiative was designed to create possibilities to provoke one to break personal boundaries and challenge oneself in ways unexpected.As means of connecting to the essence of the land, the artists were at liberty to choose their own mediums and approaches. The articulation of their proposed artworks revealed itself in land art, site specific art, performance, and so forth; each output carrying vital signs of one’s communication with what lies beyond, bridging the gap between the seen and the unseen.
(un)Seen, will feature multiple channel video projections, high resolution photographs, challenging installation works as well as performances.
Curated by Mustafa Zaman and Sharmillie Rahman, Abdus Salam, Abir Shome, Emran Sohel, Hadi Uddin, Jewel A Rob, Marzia Farhana, Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, Mustafa Zaman, Razib Datta, Sanjid Mahmud, Sherin Akhter, Syed Muhammad Zakir and Yasmin Jahan Nupur are participating in the exhibition.