The Committee on Southern Asian Studies at the University of Chicago has organised an art exhibition featuring the works of Bangladeshi artist Rafi Haque at Foster Hall on the University of Chicago's Hyde Park campus.
Titled “Journal of an Artist”, the exhibition was inaugurated on April 4, and runs till May 23.
Born in Kushtia, Bangladesh in 1965, Rafi is a reputed visual artist. In the current show, the artist presents several selected works of printmaking. He often works with journals that deal in both the written and the visual.
“Rafi's journals have a mix of collages, doodles, written texts. Besides creating wonderful visual impact, these long-kept diaries document his own life as well as the socio-political, cultural ethos around him. His effortless artistry of Bangla often attracts people who appreciate writing but may not always value visual arts,” writes Mandira Bhaduri, Lecturer in Bangla at the University of Chicago.
The artist received his MFA in printmaking in 1991 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, and has been working in the medium for two decades. His works have been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including France, Pakistan, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Egypt, Russia, Malaysia, and Argentina.
The artist will be giving a lecture titled “Quest for Identity and Emerging Trends in the Contemporary Art of Bangladesh” on April 10 at the Foster Hall of the university.