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Group art exhibition titled ‘Sowing (bapan) to open on Friday at AFD

Art & craft 2024-06-07, 12:47am

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An exhibit of the group exhibition Sowing (bapan) which will open at Alliance Francaise on Friday.



A group art exhibition titled ‘Sowing (bapan) will open on Friday, 7 June 2024 at 6 pm at its La Galerie og Alliance Francaise, Dhaka.

The participating artists for this exhibition are: Anika Tasnim Anup, Bipasha Hayat, Jafrin Gulshan, Golam Faruque Sarkar Khandkar Nasir Ahammed and Sumana Akter. The exhibition is curated by Golam Faruque Sarkar.

Your presence will be highly appreciated.

Prof. Nisar Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka and Luva Choudhury, Director General, Bengal Foundation will attend the event as the special guests.

About the Exhibition: 

"Bangladesh is an agrarian country; if the farmers survive, the country will survive.'

This statement prompts us to question the current relevance of this philosophy. Is it merely a relic found in books, or does it still hold true in today's reality? How often do we consider the vital processes of agriculture — the sowing of paddy, the methods of cultivation, the threshing of grain, and the storage of crops? These activities, although crucial to our existence, often go unnoticed in our daily lives.

It is essential to understand how much we value the agrarian community. Are farmers receiving fair prices for their products? Does the exploitation by middlemen overshadow the farmers' hard work from production to marketing and storage? The powerful imagery of farmers, as depicted by the artist S M Sultan, contrasts sharply with their current struggles, often resembling a nightmare rather than a dream.

The current exhibition highlights the occupation that engages nearly half of Bangladesh's population — the farmers who feed the entire nation. It aims to raise public awareness about the significance of these farmers and their agricultural practices. By exploring the various aspects of traditional agricultural systems and management, the exhibition seeks to revive a dialogue around this topic.

Through the philosophies, emotions, and artistic expressions of the participating artists, this exhibition offers a unique perspective. The diverse forms and mediums used by six artists will provide new insights into the country’s tradition, culture, soil, water, and climate, inspiring the audience to rethink and appreciate the foundational role of agriculture in Bangladesh.

The exhibition will be open to all till Saturday, 15 June  2024.

Visiting Hours:  Monday to Saturday from 3 pm to 9 pm. Closed on Sunday. – Press release