Painting exhibition ‘Expression of Life’ at AFD

Culture Desk

17 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Painting exhibition ‘Expression of Life’ at AFD

The 2nd solo painting exhibition of artist Sharmin Zaman titled ‘Expression of Life’ begins at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD) in the capital’s Dhanmondi area today.

The inaugural ceremony of the exhibition will be held at 05:00pm. 

Jahangirnagar University Vice-chancellor Professor Dr Farzana Islam will inaugurate the programme as the chief guest while Udeco Limited Managing Director Mainul Abedin will attend the opening ceremony as the special guest.

About the Exhibition The centre of Sharmin Zaman’s first solo painting exhibition was the women of Bangladesh. The life-long struggle of a woman in our country to establish herself under adverse currents of her family or her society is a litany of ordeals that the artist wanted to depict in her canvas. But for this exhibition, the artist wanted to illustrate her feelings as well as her own self as an artist. Her first and most driving reason to get acquainted with colours and brush was nature. Bangladesh is a land of colours and with the change of a season, these colours dance and melt into each other to create many new colours! That is why colours and textures preponderate her paintings. The bark of an old tree or the surfaces of a decayed wall appear like a storybook to her. The stories transfer into small images and she tries to précis the ‘dancing of the colours.’ Thus the shapes and forms of the life around her get their shapes and forms based on how she felt it in her mind. That’s why the title of her second solo exhibition is ‘Expression of life’.  The colourless lives of many people in this country, however, are a stark contrast to the innumerable colours of the surrounding nature and culture. Zaman’s paintings also embody that reality.

The exhibition will be open to all till January 28 at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka.  

Visiting hours: Monday to Thursday from 03:00pm to 09:00pm, Friday and Saturday from 09:00am to 12:00 noon and 05:00pm to 08:00pm. The exhibition will remain closed on Sunday.