Mustafa Zaman | The Daily Star
  • Mustafa Zaman

  • Monsoon and the Visuality of Rain

    When we set out to respond to rain, which appears to have soaked the human body and soul over the millennia, we must be aware that
  • Far from the Maddening Crowd

    "Far from representing reality, pictures probe multiple realities by fabricating narratives of events that never occurred." This quote by Mark C Taylor from his book on the American painter Mark Tansey sounds like a fitting homage to the works of Kazi Mrinal. Mrinal's images are like visioned unreality. They are structured by the communion-seeking mind rather than originating from contemplation or critical reflection on real events.
  • Into the Fold, Out in the One

    As a reconnaissance of what seems like a neural landscape, Soma Surovi Jannat's oeuvre seems to hover over the "plain of immanence" perceived as Spinoza's "single substance" (God/Nature), thereby, lending
  • Articulating Life as It Unfolds

    One of the pioneers of modern art in undivided Bengal, "Shilpacharya" Zainul Abedin (1914-1976) represents the mid-century "realist" trajectory that began to unfold in many modes and sequences—first in Calcutta...
  • Iconoclastic figurality in Shahabuddin Ahmed

    Alpha male striving to take on the future by breaking free of the bounds of the existential matrix—this is how a Shahabuddin addict might try and unhinge oneself from the "rote understanding" of his scampering, hurtling males for which he has made a name, at home and abroad.