Nepali artist Sabita Dangol’s fifth solo exhibition, ‘Embraces’ is currently on display at Image Ark, Patan. The exhibition kicked off on Friday.
The paintings in ‘Embraces’ are the combination of imagination and realism expanded in the canvas that makes sense in the daily lifestyle. Dangol has expressed the positive notions of life in paintings through giving names such as ‘Affair of Heart’, ‘Combination of Thought’, ‘Towards quest’, ‘Intimacy’, ‘Idolize’ and many more.
The paintings also have a variation in the motifs. Throughout her paintings exhibited, one can notice the motifs such as comb, hair, birds, flowers, and fish connected and united to make a meaningful painting.
In ‘Affair of Heart’, the motifs such as a peacock and makkar (a mythical being) are on the heads of two people. And both heads are carried by the comb underneath. “The purpose of a comb is to untangle the tangled hair, so metaphorically speaking, it signifies resolving problems. This is why I have been using the comb as a symbol that solves the problem and brings harmony to various entities.”
MFA degree holder, Dangol is a Kathmandu-based visual artist. She is also a recipient of ‘National Fine Art Special Award’, ‘Kumari Honors of Fine Art’, and more. She has participated in various group shows and workshops including Nepali Magic, ‘Nepali Pasal’ and ‘Imago Mundi: Nepal Legends’.
The entrance for the ‘Embraces’ is free and one can also buy paintings if they like. The exhibition continues till July 17.
Aug 8: GG Machaan, Pulchowk, has the solo artworks of visual artist Sabita Dangol ‘Interconnection Affection’ on display. The exhibition, which started from Monday, explores Dangol’s conjugal life on canvas.
Dangol has dedicated the exhibition to her husband by showing deep interconnection with between the couple through her paintings. Among the artwork on display, ‘Symbiotic life’ is a reflection of her conjugal journey. The background also portrays the symbolic unification of two souls. It is represented by placing banyan and peeple leaves, showing the unification of Laxmi and Narayana as per Hindu mythology.
The artist has chosen comb as the central motif for the painting as it is meant to free tangled hair. With the comb, she has symbolically tried to represent ways of solving problems to encourage positivity and harmony. The exhibition comprises a total of 13 paintings and eight drawings and is slated to continue till September 5.
The first Asian Art Biennale was held in Bangladesh in 1981. Its establishment was not only to expose the public to the variety of art that is found in Bangladesh and internationally, but to support and develop young artists in their chosen field. Asian Art Biennale was conceived by the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy with the assumption of continuity and change and the co-existence of modernity and tradition in the arts of Asian countries.
Asian Art Biennale is an international event with local artist’s pieces being displayed and works from countries such as Nepal, Iran, China, Thailand, Korea, Pakistan, Egypt, Japan Chile, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Romania, Turkey, Fiji, Italy, Saudi Arabia and many more.
Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, since its beginning in 1981, has attempted to display the kaleidoscope of various artistic endeavors of our time in which continuity and change come together. The geographical parameter is important only in a generic sense and also for the identification of sponsorship in this pioneering venture. It was inevitable that with time other regions that share, more or less, the same artistic impulses and face the same challenge of forging an identity of their own, would be included in the exhibition as has happened in recent years.The month long exhibition display two and three dimensional artworks like painting, prints, photography, sculpture, installation, performance art and new media art etc. 250 foreign artists with more than 350 artworks and 200 Bangladeshi artists with more than 200 artworks are going to participate in this mega exhibition. Besides, two-day seminar held on September 2 and 3 on the topics of—Art and contemporary narrative and Art pedagogy and promotion.
A five-member jury panel, comprising two from Bangladesh and three from France, India, and Spain, was selected for judgment of displayed artworks in the ‘18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2018’ and selected the best artworks for three grand prizes and six honorable mention prizes. The recipients of grand prizes and honourable mention prizes was awarded at the inauguration ceremony of the ‘18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2018’. Each of these awards accompanied by a medal and cash prize of Bangladeshi Taka 500,000 (five hundred thousand) for each grand prize and Taka 300,000 (three hundred thousand) for each honourable mention prize.
As the host, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy provided local hospitality for up to seven days to four persons (maximum) from each country. Local hospitality includes accommodation, food, local transport, airport pickup and drop etc. There was the grand opening of the exhibition along with cultural program, special dinners, river cruise, seminars and workshops, visits of historical places etc. from September 1 to 5 on the occasion of the exhibition.
Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, an international biennale art event, organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on behalf of the Bangladesh Government since 1981 without any break. The exhibition is the most prestigious and biggest art festival in Bangladesh as well as the oldest international art biennale event in Asia. From the beginning to 2014, the event was the platform only for artists of Asia and the Pacific region. In 2017, the organizing committee of the exhibition decided to expand its glory throughout the world. As a result, artists from 55 countries from around the world had participated in the 17th edition. And this year, the number of participating countries, which is 67, has broken the previous record.