Upheavals – kathmandu triennale


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Visiting Hours: 10 am- 7 pm

Days: 26 March to 9 April, 2017


The Visual Arts Programme of Bengal Foundation to hold an exhibition entitled “Upheavals” as part of the social programme of the upcoming Kathmandu Triennale 2017. An exhibition exploring contemporary Bangladesh through the eyes of eight artists from the country, “Upheavals” will run from 26 March to 9 April, 2017. Ms. Mashfee Binte Shams, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal, and Ms. Sangeeta Thapa, Founder & Chair of the Kathmandu Triennale will jointly inaugurate the exhibition on 26th March (2pm) at Park Gallery, Lalitpur, Nepal.

“Upheavals” examine the ambiguous power of change through three generations of artists from Bangladesh. The notion of transformation carries a potent paradox, one that pits the aspiration – where the old can be subsumed in a new, bettered state – against the sinister – through which what initially was is either destroyed or no longer recognisable. As a country, as an idea, Bangladesh provides a unique ground to discuss this ambiguity.

A few artworks in the exhibition allude to the quick succession of departures and disruptions that have characterised Bangladesh’s recent history . Others hints at the radical evolution that have profoundly impacted the way its people live and think in the past decades. If “Upheaveals” pencils a landscape in perpetual motion, it leaves open the question of the destination.

Quick, repeated historical transformations in the past decades have seen the entity known today as Bangladesh morph from a part of the British Raj to a province of Pakistan to an independent nation born out of a devastating war. Two video-works discuss the lasting impact of the British imperialist intervention on the Indian sub-continent as Mustafa Zaman (b. 1968) touches upon the complex consequences of the colonisers’ intervention in the psyche of the colonised. Dhali Al Mamoon’s (b. 1958) works directly allude to the lasting upheaval of the partition of 1947 that ensued.

The long fight for Bangladesh’s independence culminated in the 1971 war of liberation from Pakistan, an event that has shaped the nation’s identity ever since. The evocative needle-works of Dilara Begum Jolly (b. 1960) recall the specific plight of Bangladeshi women during these troubled times. And while language and cultural identity were defining features of the struggle for independence, these are now under renewed strains triggered by globalisation. The power and wit of the Bengali language is celebrated in the site-specic intervention of Razib Datta (b. 1983). The mural drawings portray the fictional character Ramij in a series of absurd situations.

Featured Artists: Dhali Al Mamoon, Shishir Bhattacharjee, Mutafa Zaman, Zihan Karim, Marzia Farhana, Promotesh Das Pulak and Razib Datta

For Further information, please contact:
Punny Kabir | punny.kabir@bengalfoundation.org | +8801844050712


Bengal Foundation was set up on the belief that exposure to the arts and culture lend a certain enlightenment and erudition – bettering quality of life, society as well as the country. The core undertaking of the Foundation is to create awareness in, and encourage the practice of, the arts in all its adaptations and to uphold a positive image of Bangladesh by disseminating information about its cultural wealth.