The Visual Arts Programme of Bengal Foundation is holding an exhibition entitled “Upheavals” as part of the official programme of the upcoming Kathmandu Triennale 2017. An exhibition exploring contemporary Bangladesh through the eyes of eight artists from the country, “Upheavals” runs from March 26 to April 9. Mashfee Binte Shams, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal, and Sangeeta Thapa, Founder & Chair of the Kathmandu Triennale jointly inaugurated the exhibition yesterday at Park Gallery, Lalitpur, Nepal.
“Upheavals” examines the ambiguous power of change through three generations of artists from Bangladesh. As a country, as an idea, Bangladesh provides a unique ground to discuss this ambiguity.
A few artworks in the exhibition allude to the quick succession of departures and disruptions that have characterised Bangladesh's recent history. Others hint at the radical evolutions that have profoundly impacted the way its people live and think in the past decades.
The participating artists are: Dhali Al Mamoon, Shishir Bhattacharjee, Dilara Begum Jolly, Mustafa Zaman, Promotesh Das Pulak, Razib Datta, Zihan Karim and Marzia Farhana.
Kathmandu Triennale is Nepal's premier international platform for global contemporary arts. It is the latest edition of the pioneering Kathmandu International Art Festival (KIAF), which nurtured several historical outcomes for Nepali arts and the city of Kathmandu. Like the previous Festivals (2009, 2012), the Triennale is thematically engaged with particular social issues and seeks to advance a nuanced approach that encapsulates the pedagogical potential of visual arts. It runs from March 24 to April 9 in various locations in Kathmandu, Nepal.