Morshed Wins Honorable Mention Award – NEW AGE

Talented artist Hasan Morshed has won the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Honorable Mention Award for his video installation Amar Bayas 42 Bochhor (I am 42) at the 20th National Art Biennale, organised by
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The installation depicts Bangladesh as it is now 42 years old. The installation shows severed figures and parts of human body like, head, chest, legs and others. One particular figure, in the middle, appears and disappears continually, and when it appears, it looks both of its sides as if it is lost and is unable to recognize anything, as if it cannot find a guiding force. ‘This is the way I visualize Bangladesh. Even after 42 years of independence, it has f ailed to recognize itself as a democratic country,’ the artist told New Age after receiving the award at the opening ceremony of
the programme on Friday from the finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. ‘The installation is generating curiosity and enthusiasm among the visitors,’ added the artist. Hasan Morshed is doing his MFA at the painting department at Dhaka University. His interests are painting and installation.
His works have so far been widely exhibited in Dhaka and abroad. He has two solo and several group
exhibitions to his credit. He has already bagged prestigious awards like the First Prize in Painting in the 18th International Visual Arts Festival of Young Artists, organized by the cultural affairs ministry of Iran in 2011; Best Experimental Award from annual art exhibition organized by the department of Oriental Art at FFA at Dhaka University, among others. Born in 1985 in Rangpur, Hasan dreams to practice as an artist throughout his life, and he believes art is ‘not only an aesthetic thing, but also a medium to work for social and political awareness’.

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