Confluence: Celebrating India – Bangladesh Printmaking is being organized by The Art Route from 22nd January to 31st January 2020 at Visual Art Gallery & Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, the project is under the able advisory of “The Multiple Encounters” Group of printmakers. The concept of organizing the show Confluence: Celebrating India – Bangladesh Printmaking was born out of the need to promote the fascinating medium of creative expression, Printmaking, which has survived the test of time. It has evolved through many cultural and technological changes over the years. However a mere survival is not the aim of the art, the mission is to promote represented artists and art forms and help them achieve the recognition they deserve.
As thought leaders of the art world, we wish to foster an environment that promotes a deeper dialogue about printmaking so that there is a positive permanent impact. The objective of Confluence – A Festival of Printmaking is to appropriate value to the art of printmaking through a framework of promotion, education, experimentation, and patronage.
Lubna Sen, co-curator and organizer of Confluence, says, “It has always been our endeavor at The Art Route, to promote art forms which deserve a broader platform of recognition. Confluence was born out of this mission to create something more collectively for printmaking, to promote a deeper appreciation amongst the collectors, to extend its scope and to reach out to more people at the same time.”
The Visual Art Gallery will be exhibiting works of 24 contemporary artists from India and Bangladesh who established a niche of their own with their exceptional virtuosity and commitment to the medium. Artists from India are Ajit Seal, Ananda Moy Banerji, Anant Nikam, Dattatreya Apte, Kavita Nayar, Moti Zharotia, Salil Sahni, Sukhvinder Singh, Surender K Mishra, Sushanta Guha, Vijay Bagodi and Walter D Souza. Artists from Bangladesh are Abul Barq Alvi, Anisuzzaman, Mahmudul Haque, Monirul Islam, Nagarbasi Barman, Rafiqun Nabi, Rashid Amin, Rokeya Sultana, S.M Roknuzzaman, Saidul Haque Juise, Shahid Kabir and Wakilur Rahman.
Ananda Moy Banerji, India, talks about the project, as a member of the advisory committee “True to the word “confluence’, which is a place where two rivers meet, this exhibition will have a fine selection of 12 artists, each from India and Bangladesh who will present a confluence of body, mind, and souls. Art, culture, and sports are the three major wings of a great flight between any two borders and our ‘confluence’ of the show of prints will certainly open up a pragmatic and broad perspective.”
Another main objective of the exhibition is to educate and inform connoisseurs and the public in general about Printmaking. The term ‘print’ leaves limited understanding for a generation, which is mostly used to the concept of digital prints. The team would like to educate art collectors on the merit of buying prints as an accessible way to start a collection of mature and talented artists.
Nisar Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka and Co-Curator of the Confluence; talks about the printmaking in Bangladesh, “Printmaking in Bangladesh is marked by the contribution of several globally acclaimed Bangladeshi artists who have brought in the aesthetics from countries like Spain, Greece, Germany, and Japan. The development is further getting deepened today by the commitment of several talented younger artists. The show will give the viewer an opportunity to witness the contribution of this eclectic mix of artists. ”
The artworks showcased in the exhibition will include various techniques of printmaking – intaglio, relief, serigraphy, mix media and will also stretch the traditional boundaries of printmaking into the realm of further experimentation.
Rafique Nabi, Bangladesh explains his area of expertise in Printmaking, “Wood has some interesting visual qualities on the surface which help the object of print. I take advantage of its potential to enrich the design. I keep drawings and broken forms for wood-cut to depict the subject of the design keeping the wood’s fibers and textures to add some meaningful look”.
At the end of the festival, the team hopes to have generated appropriate value to the fine art of Printmaking through a framework of experimentation, promotion, and patronage. There will be a display of Portfolio Prints, Exhibition of Prints and Printmaking, Exhibition of History of Printmaking in India, participants will organize Curated Walks of the show, Workshops/camps on Printmaking, Documents/Research and Slide Talks on Printmaking by seminars and senior practitioners on their art practices.