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Interview
Preema, a versatile artist sailing across the globe
Asmaul Husna
Published : Monday, 1 December, 2014,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 9
The pioneer, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, of visual art in Bangladesh has trodden boldly into miscellaneous arenas including web designing, graphics, electronic art, installation art, performance art, painting, singing, dancing and what not.
Her father was an MD of Jamuna Oil Company Limited, who died in 1990, and mother, a school teacher.
In her early childhood, till 5 years old, she was brought up in natural surroundings in the suburb of Dhaka, Gazipur, where an affinity and nexus were created between her and nature. Later this connection with nature is reflected into her art chronically.
At the age of 5, she was moved to Dhaka and her schooling was commenced at Holy Cross School & College.
She is a certified singer from Chhayanaut, where she was trained primarily in classical and Tagore songs, and dancer from Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA).
Though she was an avid lover of singing and dancing, she wished to pursue her career in art arena and completed her BFA and MFA from the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, in 2000 and 2002 respectively.
Since her student life she was intensely indulged in computers and acquired many skills and programmes of computer within a very short time. She used to participate in many competitions, in late 90s, of web designing and graphics where she used to take top place among all male competitors.
Her skills brought good fortune and she started to get offer from renowned companies and continued her jobs though she was a student at that time. As she was a self-dependent person from her early age, she enjoyed working to earn for herself as well as for her passion.
Along with it she continued her art work too. She was very much attracted to new media which includes modern art, digital art, performance art, installation and video. In her student life, these genres of art were totally something new in Bangladesh. As a result it was not much appreciated by stereotyped teachers of her institution. Rather it was much appreciated by personas of other fields encouraging her to go ahead. She also does painting in water, oil and acrylic media.
As an artist she felt the thirst of knowing the unknown and out of her curiosity she moved to Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune, India, in 2003 where she stayed for six months. The guru of this ashram emphasises on the importance of meditation, awareness, love, celebration, courage, and creativity. Influenced by the supervision of her guru, she discovered her individual self and gained immense confidence. She is a spiritualist, not the one defined by any particular religion rather as a devotee of universal or absolute form.
Regarding her works she loves to do experimentation a lot, she said in an interview with The Daily Observer. Her paintings principally reflect expressionism and there are versatile themes. One of the predominant themes of her work is female or feminine attributes.
She is a feminist, not the radical one, who protests patriarchy through her works. She considered herself as the protestant of patriarch rules and male dominancy.
Unlike the Greeks she doesn't believe in art for art's sake. She deciphered her logic for that and said human being itself can be an epitome of art. Art can be used as the weapon for revolution and to bring a great change in the society as well as to the civilisation.
Like the postmodernists she believes in destroying things to create something new. Her installation art works largely represent this idea.
Isolation is the most needed thing for her to formulate new ideas. She prefers to be in calm and quiet place so that she can give birth to ideas in tranquillity. When she feels rage she eats ice rapidly. From this experience she blended the idea of isolation and ice in one of her performance arts titled 'ico-lation'. Her other performance videos are 'Marry My Eggs' and 'Stare' which are praiseworthy.
She believes living in present as present is meaningful. She tries her best to enjoy the present at its utmost level.
As an artist, she considers that to create something new one should assimilate traditions at first. By blending the traditions with contemporary art, unique ideas can be born, that's her firm belief.
She has done many art exhibitions around the world and participated in 11 residency programmes including India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, USA and so on.
She has participated in many international workshops as well. With many prestigious awards she has filled her bags.









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