Faroque reveals his world in his first personal exhibition in Dhaka

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The first personal exhibition of the young sculptor-painter Anisuzzaman Faroque “GENTLE GRASS” was unveiled on Friday at the Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD).

Organized by AFD in association with ARTcon and Studio III, the exhibition features a total of 24 sculpture-based artworks and nine charcoal drawings, created by Faroque.

Eminent sculptor and maestro of art, Professor Hamiduzzaman Khan, Professor of Fine Arts of Dhaka University Lala Rukh Selim and Professor of Anthropology of Jahangirnagar University Manosh Chowdhury jointly inaugurated the exposure.

A book of the same title, published by ARTcon, was also unveiled during the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

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Faroque was born in Maheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong in 1993. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2015 and his master’s degree in 2018 from the Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka.

Working as a sculptor in both figurative and abstract genres, Faroque has mastered his skills in clay modeling and sculptural presentation. His linear sculptures have received national recognition, while his drawings, modeling and various medieval sculptures enrich the diverse art space of Bangladesh.

Faroque also embodies the practice of art in her own life and finds and declares her works of art from everything in nature and life. “I see our everyday events as the source of my works and I constantly try to present them in a completely abstract way, and the works presented here are made from this simplistic philosophy,” he told UNB.

“Faroque’s works presented in the exhibition oscillate to the rhythm of water and wind. The sensual juxtaposition of forms and textures of sheet metal with rhythmic curves evokes the touch of waves and wind.

“A transcendental rhythm was created by the harmony of lines and shapes of natural elements; the interplay between the forces of nature and organic structures is presented rhythmically throughout the sculptural works in the exhibition”, said Professor Lala Rukh at the event.

François Grosjean, Director of AFD, said: “We perceive a connection between everyday life and art in Faroque’s work, as well as a connection between art and nature.

“His creative soul is inspired by nature and is able to maintain a clear and concise dialogue with the natural world around him, his art is also a method of expressing the elements; for example, we discover the moon in several of his works, which we find rather amusing.

The exhibition will remain open until August 30, Monday to Saturday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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