Bangladeshi artist Imtiaj Rasel, who was in the running for this year’s prestigious Sovereign Asian Art Prize, has bagged the Public Vote Prize, reports UNB.
Rasel’s artwork, titled ‘Journey by Bus’, received the most votes from art admirers around the world. Of the 8,000 online votes, the convincing majority went to Rasel, the Sovereign Asian Art Prize authorities said.It was the only selected piece from Bangladesh, which competed in the online voting competition with 29 other artworks that got shortlisted for The 2021 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, from artists throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Artist Rithika Merchant from India received the Vogue Hong Kong Women’s Art Prize in this year’s edition, while the grand prize went to artist Li Binyuan from China.
Rasel, in fact, competed and achieved the honour as one of the finalists with artists from India, Australia, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, China, Japan, Iran, Singapore, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the host nation of the prize, Hong Kong.
Using his travel experiences as a visual language, Rasel explores connections between places, culture, environment, time, and memory. Through this practice, he is instilled with a sense of wanderlust, through which new narratives are created.
The Sovereign Asian Art Prize was launched in 2003 to increase the international exposure of artists in the region while raising funds for programmes supporting disadvantaged children using expressive arts. Held annually, the prize is now recognised as the most established and prestigious annual art award in the Asia-Pacific region.
All the 30 shortlisted artworks for the 2021 Sovereign Asian Art Prize were exhibited at Hong Kong’s famous 9 Queen’s Road Central Building from May 5 to May 16, 2021.