A First-Timer’s Guide to Dhaka Art Summit

Dhaka Art Summit returned to the heart of Dhaka this month with 300 talented artists. It’s the first time we attended the summit and we’re so excited. We’ve prepared this first timer’s guide so you know some of what to expect next time. These were Artist Trekker's must-see. 

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Mohammad Iqbal in Japan

Congratulations to our artist Mohammad Iqbal, who on May 26th, 2011 had a solo painting exhibition titled Unknown Faces at Gallery Chayamachi in Osaka, Japan. Here are the pictures of the beautiful work in an elegant space.

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Inside Mohammad Iqbal's Studio

One of the most exciting ways to discover new artists is to see them in action inside their studios. To help you get to know the many talented artists on Artist Trekker, we invite you to preview their works-in-progress, learn about what inspires them, and see their work hanging on their studio walls or in recent exhibitions.

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Lost Innocence - Mohammad Iqbal

Mohammad Iqbal spent eleven years in Japan, doing higher studies in art, and received his Ph.D. degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2010. A chapter of his Ph.D. dissertation titled “Civilization and Destruction” where he shows how children have to pay a heavy price for the wars the elders wage in different flash-points of the world. As the children lose their innocence, the world turns into a wasteland. Iqbal has tried to understand why these periodic outbursts of madness occur, and how these have led to a crisis of civilization. The crisis has become all the more intractable with newer catastrophes like ecological degradation and economic disasters that put children’s lives in jeopardy. While working on his dissertation, Iqbal planned and proceeded with a series of paintings depicting the clash between innocence and experience. For an authentic representation of the sense of loss caused by such a clash, Iqbal went back to his own personal experiences during the Bangladesh war of liberation in 1971 when he was only 4, and extrapolate those for projecting a grim picture not only of our time but also of the future. He finished the series in Bangladesh, where he moved back on completion of his Ph.D. and joined the Institute of Art of Dhaka University as a Lecturer.

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