Month-long exhibition ‘NOOR’ by artist and painter Ronni Ahmed recently begun in the capital in both offline gallery and virtual platform, reports UNB.
The exclusive, solo exhibition started on April 14 at Bengal Art Lounge, Gulshan Avenue, marking both the occasions of the first day of Ramadan and Pahela Baishakh 1428.But the ongoing countrywide lockdown forced the exhibition to go virtual.
Showcasing Ahmed’s personal and artistic journey toward Sufism, NOOR features 48 paintings and five installations, along with a premiere screening of the film ‘Taslima’s Garden’.
The works in the exhibition are themed on the mystical and romantic aspects of Sufism, where light and enlightenment are emphasised. An Artificial Intelligence (AI) art project by the artist can also be viewed in a VR tour of his own studio.
“The artworks in the exhibition NOOR are suffused with soft light, and an introspective, calm silence, but they are rooted in our time. Not only do they resonate with the holy month of Ramadan, but they also remind us of divine power and providence, and like Sufis, in times of crisis, to turn both inward and outward in search of the light,” the artist says.
Ahmmed dreams of a world that is eternal and changing. Over the years of his soulful artistic journey, he focused on shifting his gaze from the seen to the unseen and narrate his findings through language that is soul-centred.
He spent years exploring the Sufi order and found the vocabulary he was looking for in his art. He found the deepest love for the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Allah (SWT) everywhere. According to Ahmmed, ‘love’ is more important than law in his path, and he follows this energy to portray through his paintings.NOOR can be viewed at artcon.com.bd/vr/ronni in an immersive 3D Virtual Reality Tour with cutting-edge technology presented by ARTcon. Ronni Ahmmed’s studio ‘Cosmic Ark’ is also be toured as part of the VR experience.
In-person visits at the gallery will be possible based on appointments after lockdown restrictions are withdrawn or slackened, and the exhibition would remain open every day for visitors from 12pm till 8pm in that situation, the organisers said. The exhibition will continue across both platforms till May 14.