SAF AROUND THE WORLD: “Speak, Lokal” at Kunsthalle Zürich
The Samdani Art Foundation is pleased to be supporting the exhibition Speak, Lokal at Kunsthalle Zürich. The exhibition, curated by Daniel Baumann, Director, Kunsthalle Zürich, focuses on how artists worldwide investigate and broach local conditions and includes the work of Bangladeshi artists, Samsul Alam Helal and Rafiqul Shuvo, who were both nominees for the Samdani Art Award 2016. On discussing the catalyst for the exhibition, Baumann explained:
Baumann was the guest curator of the Samdani Art Award exhibition at Dhaka Art Summit 2016. It was during this process that he had the opportunity to engage with Helal and Shuvo’s work and understand how the local context of Dhaka influences their work.
Rafiqul Shuvo’s work address his concerns with the policies and the politics of art’s language while examining the ontological influence of time and the evolution of human behaviour. Pushing his artistic sensitivity through painting, video art, collages, photography and sculpture, for ‘Speak, Lokal‘ Shuvo is exhibiting two bodies of work. The first, so-so sits on the park bench and observes the trees blowing in the breeze, at peace, is a sculpture made of wood planks and poles, the second, 13 march (kunsthalle zürich) shows eleven films from 2014 in a cluster across eleven monitors. Both works discuss what cannot be expressed through the sources of media we understand to be reflections of our world—photographs, films, and TV—representing the unspoken or non-communicative thoughts and theories which are often behind them.
Through his photography Samsul Alam Helal tells the stories of specific people from society’s minority and neglected classes but with a differed view. Moving away from reality, Helal’s photographs portray his muse’s identity, dreams and longings, through staged portraits which intrigue curiosity and questions. On his latest body of work, Runaway Lovers, Helal explains:
Helal and Shuvo’s work will be on display at Kunsthalle Zürich as part of Speak, Lokal until 7 May 2017.