While this exhibition is anchored in the particular place variously referred to as Bengal, East Pakistan or Bangladesh at different points in recent history, it also attempts to bring perspective into the very notion of place. Sketching the contours of a place while also discussing what place as an idea might entail: here is the paradox underlying the project. To set about it, (Dis)Place touches upon topics as urgent to Bangladesh as they are to the world: shifting environments, borders and migration, economic or cultural appropriation. It delves further into notions of emotional landscapes, affective histories and place(s) ownership vis-à-vis utopian sensibilities.
The participants are Shahidul Alam, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Ronni Ahmed, Najmun Nahar Keya, Afsana Sharmin Zhumpa, Shimul Saha, Zihan Karim, Md. Shamsul Arifin, Sarker Protick, Sayed Asif Mahmud and Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements.
This exhibition is supported by Korean Cultural Centre, Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) and Bengal Arts Programme.
Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi, India