PHILOLOGY OF TIME
“Art is not only visually pleasing or a way of expressing spontaneous and sharp emotion; it is entire knowledge systems that relay thoughts, conscience and philosophy connecting the audience and lovers with its essence,” asserted noted artist Dhali Al Mamoon.
The artist's current solo exhibition “Time Coincidence & History” that is now on at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi, is immense in representation; extremely innovative in provoking our thoughts and of course contemporary in approach.
The exhibition symbolises the philology of time together with Mamoon's very own melodramatic experiences that evoke coincidence of his artistic creations and above all traces the root of colonial history. “Lat Saheber Chair”, a complex sculptural work made up of resin, spices, stone dust, fiber and textile, signifies the colonial historical event between Lord Clive and Shah Alam. The Mughal emperor conveyed the grant of the Diwani of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa to the East India Company's Lord Clive on 16 August 1765.
Some works by Mamoon conspicuously represent the post-industrialised complex time and its dreadful ramifications like unplanned urbanisation and its adverse effects on ecology and environment, the garment industry's disorganised growth and its incumbent results in unwanted accidents and losses of lives.
The coincidence of history is another work that reminds us of our glorious past of Muslin and at the same time celebrates our triumphant march on the booming success of our garment industry.
“For all the success and comfort there is a story of sacrifice of beauty and innocence. We must go for sustainable development and eco friendly progress. Without meeting this end, our civilization, culture, achievement and progress will crumble. I believe slow and steady wins the race,” mentioned the artist.
"Towards Purity", "Lost Memories" and "Time, Coincidence and History" are some other significant works at the show that clearly show nature and her diverse soothing facets, morbidity, the decaying time, and a metaphor of narrative that aesthetically hints the coexistence between life and nature.
Apart from Dhali Al Mamoon, Bengal Foundation DG Luva Nahid Choudhury and deputy director Sadia Rahman spoke at the inaugural ceremony held at the gallery on January 23.The show, opening from 12pm to 8pm daily will conclude on March 19.