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BAW: A promising platform for Bangladeshi art

In conversation with Niharika Momtaz and Mohammed Mohsin

Bangladesh Art Week (BAW) promotes art appreciation worldwide, through a platform for both emerging and established artists to showcase their artworks. It offers an unrivaled connection to the art world by uplifting local art and artists through interaction, guidance and exposure. Celebrated art collector and promoter Niharika Momtaz is the founder of the platform, while Mohammed Mohsin is the co-founder.

BAW organised the two-day exhibition, The Power of Nine, in August 2019, at Chattogram.  The event featured around 40 artworks by nine prominent and promising artists, including Rafiqun Nabi, Monirul Islam, Farida Zaman, Jamal Ahmed, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Mustapha Khalid Palash, Mohammad Iqbal, Tejosh Halder Josh and AMB Salauddin Rony. BAW also hosted an emerging hearing-impaired artist at the exhibition.

This year, BAW organised the women-led art exhibition, BAW Women 2020: ORA EGARO JON, from March 7 to 14 at Dhaka Gallery.  

"The event was graced by the artworks of leading and emerging women artists of our country, who supported BAW's endeavour to bolster its diversity," said Niharika. "In addition, BAW has introduced a platform called 'Emerging Creatives' where promising artists from across the spectrum of visual arts, performing arts, sculptural installations, architectural installations and photography are selected through a juried process."

Celebrated artists Farida Zaman, Ivy Zaman, Dilara Begum Jolly, Rokeya Sultana, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Preema Nazia Andaleeb, Ayesha Sultana, Tasneem Tariq, Salma Abedin Prithi, Farzana Haque and Rumana Rahman participated in the exhibition.

 "Women and their stories have immense power. As we honoured International Women's Day, we recognised that their individual and collective stories can make a difference," asserted Mohsin.

For Niharika, initiating a women-led exhibition with a multitude of artworks was a great experience. "I think the art world needs to be more diverse, and we love to work with dreamers," she said. "Our aim is to regularly hold unique exhibitions, preferably in different parts of the country as well as internationally to empower the art and the artists of Bangladesh."

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