Suspense reigned supreme among the participating artists when eminent artist Rafiqun Nabi, the Chairman of the Jury Board, declared the names of award winners at the 17th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2016 at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on December 1.
The Grand Prize winners are Kamruzzaman Shadhin (Bangladesh), Dagmara Wyskiel (Chile) and Md. Harun-ar-Rashid Tutul (Bangladesh).They all received Taka five lakh, medal, crest, and a certificate each.
Six Bangladeshi artists – Kuntal Barai, Bipasha Hayat, Rajib Kumar Roy, Zihan Karim, Shyamal Chandra Sarker and Dilip Kumar Karmakar -- received Honourable Mention Awards. They received Taka three lakh, medal, crest, and a certificate each.
Md. Harun-ar-Rashid Tutul (Bangladesh) received the grand award for his fantastic installation work, “The Restless Wave of Time”.
We are streaming through a restless wave of time and now our familiar land seems alien. From the pastoral to the urban, the whole territory is changing rapidly. The conflicting realities all around are expressed in new and unfamiliar ways within the helpless urban scenario.
In the midst of religious fundamentalism, militancy and anarchies, no life is secure. The unrest and reciprocal faithlessness keep on mounting. We see, the reckless run of self-centred materialism, decaying cultural values, unplanned urbanisation and dying environment. Though technology and communication networks are bringing people closer, the tendency of alienation and self-centred culture are increasing.
Harun-ar-Rashid Tutul has tried to portray an image of the present time in his work.
Kamruzzaman Shadhin (Bangladesh) has bagged the grand award for his gigantic installation work “Greed”.
The advancement of human civilisation is a grand narrative of struggle, survival, courage and progress. The epic achievement of 'progress' includes domination over natural force, exploitation of natural resources – unnatural control over nature.
Shadhin started this project two years back while working in a Santal village called Molanipara in Thakurgaon, Bangladesh. Being close to the community since his childhood, he had experienced the gradual changes in their lifestyles –how they gradually shifted their traditional lifestyle to a modern agrarian one. Along with their lifestyle, their surrounding environment has also changed over time. Hybrid crops and excessive use of insecticides and pesticides have driven away foxes, owl, eagles and many other animals that helped maintain the biodiversity and ecosystem of the region. The rats that the Santals used to hunt before have increased excessively in numbers and have invaded their houses made of earth.
Our materialistic world too revolves around the story of the hunter and the hunted that Kamruzzaman Shadhin has superbly depicted.
Dagmara Anna Wyskiel (Chile) has received another grand award for his site specific installation (video and sound) “Joint Game”.
Among the Honourable Mention Awardees, Kuntal Barai for his mixed media installation work “Dhaka Road-4”; Bipasha Hayat for her artwork “Memoir 2016-2” (Acrylic and Plastic Paint on cardboard); Rajib Kumar Roy for his mixed media installation artwork “Globalisation of Politics-Politics of Globalisation”; Zihan Karim for his video installation “7 Senses”; Shyamal Chandra Sarker for his installation “Me Philosophy Endangered and Dream” and Dilip Kumar Karmakar for his mixed media work “Prokreeti-3” received awards.
Eminent Artist Rafiqun Nabi (Bangladesh), Ms. Dolorosa Sinaga (Indonesia), Yuko Hasegawa (Japan) Zygmunt Rafal Strent (Poland) and Jinsub Yoon (Republic of Korea) were the jury members who selected the awards.