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River heritage: Learning from Puran Dhaka - Feb 05 - Mar 10

“Learning from Puran Dhaka” 

   

A living exhibition and an open workshop titled ‘Learning from Puran Dhaka’ by a group of architecture students and faculties from Mokpo, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Paris and Dhaka will start from Sunday, 4 February 2024.

 

Opening:

   

1️⃣ 04 FEB 2024 at 6.00 PM 🔔Venue: La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka 26 Mirpur Road, Corner of Road 3, Dhanmondi Open seven days a week, from 3 to 9 pm

   

Architecture workshop and living exhibition: 04-15 February 2024

   

2️⃣ 16 FEB 2024 at 6.30 PM 🔔Venue: La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka 26 Mirpur Road, Corner of Road 3, Dhanmondi Open seven days a week, from 3 to 9 pm

   

The mayor of DSCC will officially open the exhibition, which will display the outcomes of research and planning workshops. Subsequently, Nasrul Hamid MP, State Minister of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources, will inaugurate another exhibition.

   

Opening of the Exhibition followed by performance art by Ramona and Gale

   

Exhibition Duration: 16-23 February 2024; 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

3️⃣ 21 FEB 2024 at 6.00 PM 🔔Venue: Hamidur Rahman Cultural Centre, Zinzira, Keraniganj, Dhaka

   

The mayor of DSCC will officially open the exhibition, which will display the outcomes of research and planning workshops. Subsequently, Nasrul Hamid MP, State Minister of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources, will inaugurate another exhibition.

   

Opening of the Exhibition followed by performance art by Ramona and Gale

   

Exhibition Duration: 21 February -10 March 2024; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

   

Explore the research work carried out by a group of architecture students and faculties from L’École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-La Villette (ENSAPLV), Mokpo, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Dhaka, and Calcutta in this workshop.

   

The findings of their research are compiled in a booklet. You can access the booklet through the following links:

   

BOOKLETS:

 

PHOTOBOOK – Learning from Puran Dhaka 2024

Boro Katra – Booklet Armanitola – Booklet Gol Talab – Booklet Shankhari Bazaar – Booklet
Tanti Bazaar – Booklet Bangla Bazaar – Booklet Manglabas – Booklet Farasganj – Booklet
       

In this home, everything is in its place, and there is a place for everything. Everything is counted and loved, everything is put to use. Onika calls her work art ennuyeux (boring art)- she describes it as a diary of the mundane details of the quotidian. Self-defamation is a self-protective, pre-emptive move of her part, not a warning that the viewers should heed. While there are no tales of revolution, nor chronicles of political tectonic shifts, nor industrial-scale tragedy, this is not an exhibition that is boring.

   

Home is rich with vitality and attentiveness; it is painted with an ancient desire to survive. It is a celebration of finding home. If you have known the loneliness of not-belonging, you know this celebration has no end. In Onika’s galaxy of doorknobs, light bulbs, pens – traversed by worn house slippers and brooms – Onika is marking her space, taking oath of citizenship. This documentation has spanned years, and the meanings that Onika makes for herself translate across to us, her audience. As much as she has tried to make the writing on her canvases cryptic (writing upside down and backwards in a tiny script), she communicates loud and clear. The only thing that is unclear is if she chooses the object or the object chooses her, but one imagines it must be mutual.

   

The doorknob turns no matter what happened within, the coffee pot serves on bad and good days, the window opens the same way on a birthday. In the vastness between one action and the next, our bodies are voyager ships in an infinity, carrying our imaginations, spirits and visions. And Onika is wise to celebrate habit, routine, and boredom. These are conditions that grant us the peace to be. For we are not here forever, not for so long at all. And while we are here, it helps to feel at home, in our skin, in our rooms, in our world, so we can love it all, attentively.

     

Explore the artwork details – by Nasrin Jahan Onika.

Recollected – স্মরণ

“Recollected” is a distinctive exhibition by Uronto Artist Community in Collaboration with Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation to showcase a range of multidisciplinary artworks inspired from the history, culture and the local contemporary narratives from two architectural heritages in Sunamganj district in Bangladesh, known as the Gourarang Jaminder palace and the Shukhair Jaminder palace.

   

All these creative works are the outcome of an art intervention organized by Uronto in Sunamganj in January 2024 where a group of artists from various practices visited the site, explored the current narrative and previous histories, and got involved with the community in the surroundings of those little-known heritage buildings.

   

This exhibition will serve as a vibrant showcase of contemporary artistry, focusing on the lesser-known heritage sites in Sunamganj, Sylhet. Through various artistic mediums like painting, drawing, photography, ceramic work, printmaking, installation, theater performance and workshops and other events, we aim to revisit the stories and memories within the heritage sites. Each artwork offers a unique glimpse into the lives and legacies of generations gone by, inviting viewers to rediscover and re-engage with the hidden gems of Bangladesh.

   

Exhibition will be open for all 02-20 March 2024 | Alliance Française Gulshan

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