‘Obsession’ — Painting exhibition at Alliance Française

19 Aug 2017, 10:12

NTV Online

A painting exhibition of artists Sayed Fida Hossain and Sultan Ishtiaque titled ‘Obsession’ has begun at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka.

The inaugural ceremony of the exhibition was held on 18 August.

Prof. Jamal Ahmed, Department of Drawing and Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka graced the occasion as chief guest. M. K. Aaref, Director, Edward M. Kennedy Centre ( EMK Centre) also joined the inaugural programme as guest of honour.          

This exhibition is all about a journey. The journey begins within the artists themselves and then through their dreams, memories, perception, and feelings amid the urban life, the journey continues on. The journey acquires a voice of its own and tells a story of being obsessed with the daily happenings. Bound by the mechanical life of tiresome drudgery, the journey reveals about the resultant suffocation. Artists Sayed Fida Hossain and Sultan Ishtiaque believe that the inner existence that defines the journeyer does not want to be strangled by this suffocation, and instead want to get obsessed with nature and be emancipated from the shackles of ennui.

Hossain’s segmented portrait series previously showed verisimilitude of his subjects and at the same time their fragility. His goal there was not to attain a good likeness, but to keep pushing the limits of realism. However, for this exhibition Hossain is going to introduce a completely different style that exhibits the surroundings or the landscapes along with the portrayal of the subject's obsessed mind.

Ishtiaque’s canvasses used to depict natural beauty with all its glory, but now his approach has evolved to include in those landscapes the compelling presence of individuals and their dreams and hardships. A massive shipyard now exhibits the raw emotion Ishtiaque felt for the shipyard workers who are in imminent danger on account of working under unsupervised and hazardous conditions.

The exhibition will be open to all until 30th August 2017 at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka. Visiting Hours:  Monday to Thursday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday (9:00 am to 12: 00 noon and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm). Closed on Sundays.