18th Asian Art Biennale and performance art

Published:  01:33 AM, 27 July 2018

Mega art festival to mesmerize Dhaka

Mega art festival to mesmerize Dhaka

Shilpakala Academy has organized a three-day capital wide performance art glorifying culture and heritage of Old Dhaka. Titled 'Shilper Shohor Dhaka', the initiative was taken to remind the citizens of Old Dhaka's long forgotten tradition. The Dhaka wide performance art performance began yesterday.

The performance art festival has been organized as part of the promotional program ahead of the 18th edition of Asian Art Biennale which is scheduled to begin in September 1 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, said the academy's director general Liaquat Ali Lucky at a press conference held on last Tuesday at the conference room of National Theater Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Artist Mahbubur Rahman, academy's secretary Jahangir Hossain Chowdhury, among others were present at the conference.

"With the cooperation of Shilpakala Academy, performance art is going to reach to a whole new level as a part of the practice of New Media. This art medium is going to be included in the latest edition of Art Biennale. That's why we are promoting this art through this capital wide festival," Liaquat said.

He further said, "Though Dhaka is known as the megacity, we are forgetting the glorifying tradition of this city which existed nearly 400 years. Our lives have been so mechanical that we are forgetting even the humane emotions. To remind the people of the long forgotten tradition and to spread the art, we are arranging 'Shilper Shohor Dhaka'."

All the participants of the performance art festival will take part in the Asian Art Biennale along with 12 selected artists from other Asian countries, Liaquat said. Areas in Old Dhaka, Sangsad Bhaban, Dhaka University area, Kamlapur Railway Station, Sadarghat River port areas have been primarily chosen as the place to hold the performance art.

In this initiative, 16 artists will perform daylong shows in each of the days during the Art Biennale festival. The festival will feature the performance of Baul and child artistes as well.

Following the formal opening of the performance art festival yesterday morning at the Music and Dance of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, artists performed at Dhaka University area.

Performance arts will be presented in Old Dhaka and Sadarghat River Port today. Tomorrow, the artists will perform at Kamlapur Railway Station in the morning and Sangsad Bhaban after the lunch.

An experimental art form, performance art, is a performance presented to an audience within a fine art context usually in interdisciplinary way.

Besides, Shilpakala Academy officials also disclosed the details of the Art Biennale in the press conference. The month-long exhibition will display two and three-dimensional artworks like painting, print, photography, sculpture, installation, performance art and new media art. A total of 250 foreign artists with more than 350 artworks and 200 Bangladeshi artists with 200 artworks will participate in the mega exhibition.

'We are planning to organize the greatest art show in the country through the upcoming edition of the biennale in which artists from 66 countries will participate,' said Liaquat adding that delegates from four more countries would attend in the biennale.

 'There will be a children corner in the biennale where local and foreign artists will help understand the children on different aspects of art,' the DG said.

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