At the Dhaka Art Centre, Fahmida Urmi Hossain is holding her 6th solo exhibit from August 30-September 8 that effectively brings together paintings and video art. The exhibition reflects the artist's social concerns such as the dangers of child marriage and the importance of one's own language. Urmi says that real art is connecting different aspects of art.
Which period of Art do you admire the most?
Urmi: I like Expressionism. I believe it is the best way to communicate. The artist relates himself/ herself and his or her environment -- physical, psychological and emotional. The output is the consequence of all the three. I don't care much for Surrealism, or Dadaism. It was important the protest of what the artists felt was happening around them.
Whatever suits the time and age is reflected on canvas or installations. What the artist presents does not necessarily have to tell a big story like Pablo Picasso's “Guernica”. Artists merely wish to communicate with others. The socio-political and economic aspects have always played a big role in it.
How has art evolved?
Urmi: It began from the cave paintings in the West; in France, through the delineations of cave art, people tried to capture the animals. They felt that if they could subjugate the pictures by throwing spears and arrows at them, in time, they would be able to successful in their hunting of these animals. Thus the weapons were symbolic. In time, what developed in the 20th century was Cubism, Surrealism and to explore abstraction in both thought and imagery, with dominant artists of the day adopting highly experimental approaches to the work that they produced. George Braque, Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee excelled in these genres. The Pop Art movement in the 50s and 60s showed that there were no boundaries. It proved a suitable process to experiment with colours and forms.