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Mixed media on homemade paper [material: halitel, bound dry ink, acrylic, watercolor, iridescent gold and jewels, felt-tip, ballpen]
Dimensions: 50.8cm (H) x 63.5cm (W) / 20" (H) x 25" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Firoz Mahmud’s mixed media on paperworks, wood carvings and oil layapa Stencil paintings of the ‘Legacies Project’ narrate about the history and legacy of South Asia. He also transforms the painterly and linear based paperwork into wood which is carved manually depicting aspects of cultural heritage that may have gotten devalued or undermined through the mechanisms of colonialism that affected many nations till the 20th century.
In this work, 'Ouponibeshik/Porouponibeshik [defunct tiger & colonial trade], he uses idioms such as here is the second Nawab of Dhaka Khwaja Abdul Ghani [Local emperor], his allies and support British Raj in India during Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, design motif of Ahsan Monzil as the official residential palace and seat of the Nawab of Dhaka in 19th-20th Century, roar of tiger surrounded by the Pink Palace and images of mutiny and all these are addressing the riches history of native land.
Mahmud juxtaposes themes of political culture, tradition, myths, history of Bengal and in the region that beg the question of how they existed, and what forces have created new visual territories in South Asia, impacting how these can be remembered as cultural histories and those of neighbors as legacies.
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Based in: New York
Lives and works between New York and Dhaka.
Firoz Mahmud was a participant artist at Rijksakademie VB Kunsten, Amsterdam, and has a PhD from the Tokyo University of Arts, an MFA from Tama Art University and a BFA from Dhaka University. Mahmud’s artistic practice is realized through various mediums such as painting, installation and photography that engage with his cultural and political heritage.
Mahmud has exhibited at Office of Contemporary Art, Norway, MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Arts Rome, Asia House London, Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, University Art Museum, Metropolitan Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo & Geidai PS1, Fuchu Art Museum, Mori Art Museum (CG) Tokyo; Metropolitan Mostings Hus Copenhagen, Sovereign Art Foundation HK, Ota Fine Arts, Exhibit320, Delhi, Dhaka Art Center, National Museum, Bengal Gallery Dhaka.
Mahmud’s work has been exhibited at the following biennales: Lahore Biennial, Bangkok Art Biennial, Dhaka Art Summit, Setouchi Triennale (BDP), Aichi Triennial, Sharjah Biennale, Cairo Biennale, Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Asian Biennale.
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