On the other hand, Najmun Nahar Keya draws her inspiration from the rapid social, economic and environmental changes happening in the area, as a result of urbanisation. Her practice revolves around the relationship between human behavior and society.
She spent five years in Tokyo for her education. Keya amalgamates Japanese technique with strong Bengali concepts. She employs old photographs, gold gilding, drawing and printmaking in her works. In the last Dhaka Art Summit, her work, The Spell Song, was lauded by audiences. The work was comprised of a hand woven Tangail Sari molded into Bangla folk sayings to KhonarBochon. To Keya, installation art is site specific. “It is important to blend the work with the environment it is placed in,” she says. During this pandemic, Keya has turned to drawing as a meditative practice and she also plans to work on some animation projects.
Movements like the Happening Movement, Fluxus and Arte Povera inspired Abir Shome to take up installation art. He also works with drawings, texts, videos and digital art. “A friend of mine did some installation works while we were students of Charukola,” he says. “I wasn’t initially drawn to it but as I became more familiar with the concept, I wanted to practice it.” Majority of his works question ideology and power, delivered in seemingly imprudent manners.
Through his work, Capital-Equal in Chobi Mela IX, he highlighted how texts, objects, photographs and drawings together were made to conspire against the prescribed art revolution society. Installation art is a form of relief for Abir. These days, the artist spends most of his time playing his ukulele at home.
On the other hand, artist Eshita Mitra Tonni’s practice is comprised of different disciplines of printmaking, photography, videography and sculpting. The artist, who resides in Jamalpur, uses found objects and children’s playing materials. She sets these objects into seemingly mythological characters for her striking art projects. “The fork I use in my sculpture work loses its cutlery feature and becomes something else,” she explains. She also enjoys teaching children about art.