An exhibition exploring contemporary Bangladesh through the eyes of eight artists from the country, Upheavals was Bengal Foundation’s exhibition that took part in the Kathmandu Triennale 2017.
Upheavals explored the ambiguous power of change through three generations of artists from Bangladesh. The notion of transformation carries a potent paradox, one that pits the aspiration – where the old can be subsumed in a new, bettered state – against the sinister – through which what initially was is either destroyed or no longer recognisable. As a country, as an idea, Bangladesh provides a unique ground to discuss this ambiguity.
A few artworks in the exhibition alluded to the quick succession of departures and disruptions that have characterised Bangladesh's recent history. Others hints at the radical evolution that have profoundly impacted the way its people live and think in the past decades. If Upheaveals pencils a landscape in perpetual motion, it leaves open the question of the destination.
The participating artists were: Dhali Al Mamoon, Shishir Bhattacharjee, Dilara Begum Jolly, Mustafa Zaman, Promotesh Das Pulak, Razib Datta, Zihan Karim and Marzia Farhana.