Café Mango and Gallery at Dhanmondi is hosting a month long group art exhibition titled, King Kortobbyo. The inaugural ceremony of the exhibition was held on November 24.
The exhibition displays collective artworks by Azizee Fawmi Khan, Rakib Anwar, Khairul Alam, Al Nasir, Jawad Hossain, Pijush Talukder and Mehedi Hasan. The opening ceremony was attended by distinguished guests, including eminent artists Monirul Islam, Abul Barq Alvi, Dr Rashid Amin, Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts & Graphics, Jagannath University, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Director at Bangladesh Brand Forum, Wakilur Rahman of Kala Kendra art gallery and Ashraf Kaiser, Managing Director of Benchmark Limited. Salauddin Ahmed, proprietor of Café Mango and Gallery expressed his intention of opening up the cafeteria space to host more exhibitions in the future, giving opportunities to young creative minds to showcase their works.
The idea behind King Kortobbyo is to use the cafeteria space to blend art into conversation, which is why the subjects of the works addresses human life, inner thoughts and expressions, emotions and many contemporary issues of society. King Kortobbyo aims to satirise the absolutist ideas of being right or wrong, reasoning that even the absolute right will eventually feel like the absolute wrong by virtue of its self-absorbed authoritarian nature. The artworks present a juxtaposition of utopian and dystopian state of minds to acknowledging the coexistence of good and evil within everyone.
The concept for the exhibition is unconventional in the sense that every member of the group had inputs in each other's works and the artworks at display on each wall are intended to be viewed collectively as one work. Most of the participants come from a professional background in advertising and media, with experience in art direction, visualisation, audio visual, cinematography and copywriting. The artworks show a heavy influence of commercial art as well as elements of pop art and shock art through the use of vibrant colours and texts.
King Kortobbyo intends to stick to its unconventional approach in exhibition and keep adding new artworks throughout its run. The exhibition will be open to all, from 12 noon to 10 pm every day until December 21 at Café Mango and Gallery.