A group art exhibition, titled “Seven from the 70s”, organised by the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, opened yesterday. The featured artists are: Alamgir Huque, Farida Zaman, Naima Haque, Nasim Ahmed Nadvi, Sadhana Islam, Shawkatuzzaman and Kamal Kabir.
Dr. Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest. Veteran painter Qayyum Chowdhury and Naznin Sultana, deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank, were present as special guests.
After independence, Bangladeshi art scene saw a renewed pledge to depict the aspirations of a new nation through many forms of expression. During that time, most artists made the Liberation War the subject of their works; a number of painters actively participated in the war. They articulated their experiences through their art. The generation of the 1970s started working with diverse materials and idioms.
On the occasion of the exhibition, a press conference was held at Bengal Café on March 21. Sarwar Jahan, manager of Bengal Foundation, read out a paper on the featured artists. Subir Chowdhury, director of Bengal Gallery, and artist Nasim Ahmed Nadvi, among others, spoke at the press conference.