Delta and Sediment – Film, textile installation and photography from Bangladesh

13 April 2019 16 June 2019

Group exhibition
Main hall, Färgfabriken

Artists: Yasmin Jahan Nupu, Suvra Kanti Das, Munem Wasif

The exhibition Delta and Sediment highlights three vibrant artists, Yasmin Jahan Nupur, Suvra Kanti Das and Munem Wasif from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh, a delta landscape home to 164 million people, and with a growing capital approaching 20 million, many of our time´s most crucial issues are put to the test. The extensive migration to Dhaka has a direct link to the textile industry and the clothes we wear, a system that affects global warming and Bangladesh directly through violent monsoon rain and rising sea levels that devour its coastal strips. 

At the same time, Bangladesh is a country rich in diversity and culture. Being in the frontline of global change creates a rapid and dynamic development of culture, and especially an exciting contemporary art scene.

With the exhibition Färgfabriken wants to show three artists from Bangladesh today. In common, they express both a local and a global now, with historical ties to the outside world. Yasmin Jahan Nupur, Munem Wasif and Suvra Kanti Das are three artists working in Dhaka, which all, in different ways, take the pulse of their country based on their own perspectives and stories.

About the artists

Yasmin Jahan Nupur (f. 1979)
Yasmin works primarily with expressions such as installations, painting and performance. In her art, she explores issues of social justice and norms, and how these affect different groups in society. Yasmin often uses object that tells a story, items connected with mythology, iconographic symbolism or associated with specific ideas or memories. During the last two decades, she has been involved in shaping Bangladesh´s artscene in relation to the social and political changes in the country, which is also reflected in her art.

Suvra Kanti Das (f. 1979)
Suvra previously worked as an engineer for many years before deciding to change carrier path, and has since 2012 worked full time as a photographer. His work refer to genres within black humour, romance and symbolism. Suvra often highlights problems such as conflict, political unrest, environmental disasters and social injustice. The constant confrontation with difficult situations and human suffering has forced Suvra to realize how life extends beyond fear and aversion. 

Munem Wasif (f. 1983)
Munem is an acclaimed artist, filmmaker and photographer, with a humanistic focus on social and political issues in Bangladesh. He examines complex problems by approaching people, both physically and psychologically. He often portrays the lives of workers, from stonemasons to textile workers, as well as the complexity of identity and religion. Munem experiments with video, sound and various photographic strategies, while still using a documentary imagery. Munem has in his latest work, Kheyal, that will be shown at Färgfabriken, created a narrative of stories from and of the old Dhaka. 

Further reading

Text on the development of the Bangladeshi art scene written by Ruxmini Reckvana Q Choudhury, assistant curator at Samdani Art Foundation.
Courtesy of Alserkal, the text was produced in connection with the exhibition Fabric(ated) Fractures, a collaboration between the Samdani Art Foundation and Alserkal at Concrete, Dubai.

The Changing Paradigms of Bangladeshi Art
Ruxmini Reckvana Q Choudhury

Delta and Sediment have emerged from Färgfabriken’s ongoing international program New Urban Topologies, which explores how urbanization is related to city development and culture. The method is based on meetings between architecture, urban planning and artistic strategies through workshops and other activities that bring together local actors and an international network.

For many years, Färgfabriken has worked in countries such as Myanmar and Indonesia through our international program New Urban Topologies (NUT), which has given us a wide network of contacts within architecture, art and urban planning. The experience from this has resulted in three extensive exhibitions where artists from different parts of South- and Southeast Asia, with different expressions, have reflected on the situation in their home countries. Delta and sediment is the latest larger project after Indonesia through Heri Dono´s Animachines 2015 and Balance and Provocation from Myanmar 2016.

Thanks to Samdani Art Foundation

The Samdani Art Foundation (SAF) is a private trust based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, founded in 2011 by Nadia Samdani and Rajeeb Samdani. Led by Artistic Director and Curator Diana Campbell Betancourt, SAF.
Samdani works with the purpose of supporting the country’s contemporary artists and architects. Färgfabriken has received much help from the organization in contact with artists based in Bangladesh.