The Florence Biennale is one of the few international art events structured as a self-financed, independent platform for contemporary art. The event attracts artists from all over the world who exhibit their work at the Fortezza da Basso. The event has the patronage of the president of the republic and ministry of cultural heritage of Italy as well as the regional, provincial and municipal authorities of the City of Florence.
Bangladeshi experimental painter Ronni Ahmmed took part in the recent Ninth Florence Biennale. The event showcased the works of 450 artists from all over the world in nine categories (painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, mixed media, digital art, photography, video) and had eight special mentions, five Matrix Awards (artistic hair styling), and over 30 collateral events.
Ronni Ahmmed walked away with an award in the video category for his video “Seven Hundred Miles of Sleep Walking”. The video is produced by Mermaid Art Foundation. The film has animated music and images of his paintings at different points of time. The artist is mainly a storyteller of the ludicrous and his storytelling takes an unusually humorous approach. He focuses on various facets of our society. His works hold a kind of illusory atmosphere, which seems unfamiliar but this depiction of an apparently unknown civilisation or community expresses the same kind of message one gets when confronted with strange reality. Absurdity, mockery, brutality, power play, hypocrisy, hallucination, loneliness, science -- all these get diffused in Ronni's visions. The artist is fascinated with myth and its many aspects and his message has been integrated in his tinted paintings.