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12:00 AM, September 12, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 12, 2018

'Surface as Symbol' held at Alliance Française de Dhaka

The seventh solo art exhibition by artist Kazi Sayed Ahmed titled Surface as Symbol has begun at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka. The inaugural ceremony of the exhibition was held on Friday, August 31, 2018. 

Eminent artist Monirul Islam graced the occasion as the chief guest. Reaz Uddin Al-Mamoon, Managing Director, Epyllion Group, and Dewan Sayeedul Hassan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges also attended the inaugural ceremony.

Kazi Sayed Ahmed has always been infatuated with extraneous materials. As an artist seeking to inscribe new meaning into the surface, he has developed a signature stratagem of employing jute hessian to refer back to 'life'. Without resorting to verisimilitude, he is now able to align the painted space with the space that lies outside.

At one point in his life, Ahmed explored the coexistence of representational elements and evacuated the surface area of the painting. If he showed an apparent allegiance to academic realism in his representation of the real elements, he also treated the surface as a positive field of vision, which is considered as negative space in the academia.

Over the last five years or so, he has moved on to a higher plain — he is now inclined to make the best use of his arsenal. His 'surface' now appears as if it is the 'field of action', rather than the visualisation. Articulating their distance from the reality and lived experiences, his surfaces are more layered, and are freighted as symbols of lost time and of disappearing nature.

There are around 12 artworks in mixed media are in display for this exhibition. The exhibition will be open to all till Wednesday, September 14, 2018.

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