The second solo print exhibition titled 'Transformation' by artist Md. Rafiqul Islam is set to begin at the La Galerie of Alliance Franchise de Dhaka (AFD) in Dhanmondi of the capital.
The inaugural ceremony of the exhibition will be held on Friday at 5:30 pm on the gallery premises. Professor Abul Barq Alvi, honorary professor, department of printmaking, faculty of fine art, University of Dhaka will attend the opening ceremony as the chief guest, while eminent artist Shahid Kabir will attend the event as the special guest.
About the exhibition, an AFD press release said that social reality is the principal topic of Rafiqul's artwork. Its slogan is 'We want peace, not war'. World civilization is reaching its peak. Humanity is on a course to conquer the universe. But even after all this progress; people engage in battles; they get caught up in war games.
We are growing up not with humane feelings, but with ferocious aggression. Our nature is getting more and more violent. Surely no one wants to go down this path. 'Transformation -1, 2, 3', 'The War Child', 'Hunter' and 'The Birth' speak of this difficult reality.
'Wheels' are another important part of his work. We know that wheels are what made human civilization progress from the primitive to the modern era. Wheels represent power. But the wheels trapped in chains remind us of our dire social conditions. That is why the artist's wheels want to break free from the chains.
Printmaking is a very interesting method of creating art. It has a lot of subtypes, like woodcut etching, lithography etc. Rafiquil has worked with almost all of these media, with his personal favorite being intaglio.
There are around 50 artworks will be put on display in the upcoming exhibition. The media used include etching, aquatint, lithography, woodcut, cyanotype etc. The artist adores nature. So, some artworks inspired by nature are also present at the exhibition.
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