will Become Sculpture
“Being out in the street is a political
expression," says Awena Cozannet in an unassuming
voice. She toys with the idea whether it is more important
to join a political rally or is it more important to encapsulate
the whole idea of politics and art in public performances
that now is considered art. "I have introduced a
process. I wanted to see what happens if the artists are
free to believe, to select and to act or interact,"
arrived in Dhaka last month and started working with Brotto
from February 2, 2004. This is his second visit. The artist
from Leon, France has organised the young artists and
students with the help of Britto to introduce interactive
art. As Awena is a performer, a conveyor of ideas who
uses all sorts of contortions, the contingent of artists
who joined her was also given stimulation to do something
along that line. Twenty-three Artists from Dhaka and Chittagong
came up with their own versions of performances and installations.
It was a one-month long process that saw artists taking
their art to the public arena. Street corners, open fields,
slums were chosen by the artists of Dhaka. In Chittagong,
at Jogotpur Ashram, the orphanage, became the centre of
interaction between the artists and the children living
Though the language of art cntred around
the theme, "Movement will Become Sculpture",
a phrase that Awena coined, many artists resorted to installations
and performances that are markedly their own.
first visit to Bangladesh, which was last year, saw her
participate in the first international workshop at Bhaluka.
That occasion saw her doing a performance that melded
the Western morbidity with a kind of Buddhist meditative
expression that now gaining ground in the art scene of
Dhaka. After one year this language has affected a lot
of young mind. Awena is more than happy about the impact
she has in the art world of Dhaka. She is delighted to
find fellow artists in Mahabubur Rahman, one of the young
artists at the helm at Britto, who shares a kinship with
Awena and equally zealous for interactive art. Their works
and recorded actions were on display at La Galerie, Alliance
Francaise, Dhaka, from 19 to 29 March.