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9 December, 2018 09:35:05 AM
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(Dis)Place: Exhibition of contemporary art begins in New Delhi

DL desk, Dhaka
(Dis)Place: Exhibition of contemporary art begins in New Delhi
The show is jointly supported by Bengal Arts Programme, Korean Cultural Center India and FICA

(Dis)Place, an exhibition of contemporary art has been inaugurated on Friday at Korean Cultural Center, New Delhi, India. Director of the center, Kim Kum-pyoung inaugurated the exhibition, while director of FICA, Vidya Shivadas was also present at the event.  

The exhibition is jointly supported by Bengal Arts Programme, Korean Cultural Center India and FICA (The Foundation for India Contemporary Art). It presents the works of 10 artists and 1 research collective from Bangladesh.

Displaying artworks and spatialising archives, (Dis)Place inquiries about the specifics of Bangladesh – the “local” – while it also attempts to bring perspective into the very notion of place. Sketching the contours of a place while discussing what place as an idea might entail is a paradox underlying the project. It touches upon topics as urgent to the country as they are to the world: shifting environments, migration, marginalisation, economic or cultural appropriation. The show further discusses related issues of borders and place(s) ownership, and of utopian sensibilities vis-à-vis forced displacements.

Participating artists and research collective are: Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements; Shahidul Alam; Tayeba Begum Lipi; Ronni Ahmmed; Najmun Nahar Keya; Afsana Sharmin Zhumpa; Shimul Saha; Zihan Karim; Sarker Protick; Sayed Asif Mahmud; Md.Shamsul Arifin.

Drawings and interventions on photography by Najmun Nahar Keya comment for example on the shifting ecology of the Old Dhaka neighbourhood, using fragments of the past as a mean of passage to the present. On the other hand, Asif Mahmud charts for example how a specific point at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border has changed over the past 15 years under the influence of successive refugee crises in a 3-channel video. The spatialisation of research archives on urban studies by the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements offers an insight into the process. The archive delves into the various limitations of cities in Bangladesh, often affected by absent or anarchic development plans, to develop utopian and yet achievable visions.

(Dis)Place is supported by the Korean Cultural Center through a grant for curatorial proposals ‘from India and other SAARC Countries’.

The exhibition will continue until 22 February, 2019 at Korean Cultural Center in India, 25-A Ring Rd, Lajpat Nagar - IV, New Delhi, India.

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BK

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