Afrida’s personal musings
The exhibition opens today at Kala Kendra
This is not the first time I am writing about something so familiar - so innately recognizable to me, for it doesn't make me the benevolent witness - nor the ruthless eavesdropper.
Afrida Tanzim, whom I have known for years, has finally decided to showcase her works publicly. This is in itself expected, as well as surprising - the way she feels so indifferent and overwhelmed about her artistic language.
At the same time, it is hard to catch the train of her thoughts if someone doesn't have any taste for the artistic journey of her/his own, but for the destination.
To Afrida, the journey is always more interesting than the destination. So, a traveller's belongings should be the least concern to her very own "train" - which is out there somewhere within her paintings.
What she can see or perceive through her nature of recognizing one's emotion is so intense and spontaneous - even the benign indifference of the universe is a fragment of her conscious canvas.
A single stroke of Afrida's brush or pen is nothing but the timeless preservation of emotions. According to her words, "...it's (the paintings) neither bad, nor even good enough." But the question remains, whether it should be about the quality or the transitional memories that matters. Somehow, she did master the time to be at a standstill.
In any sense - it would be absurd to say that I did not witness such sharpness inside her language - which is by born resonant and so volatile in nature.
The transitions, the tracks and the traces of her emotional journal- I am eternally trapped and hopefully stuck inside them- almost as if I could feel them over the shades of my chest- hard to catch and almost impossible to forget.
I expect you will also go through various emotional changes when you get to witness them; strokes by strokes - emotions through time.
A 15-day solo exhibition of Afrida Tanzim Mahi begins today at the Kala Kendra, Iqbal Road, Mohammadpur, in the capital. The exhibition will remain open for all from 5:00 to 8:00pm everyday till January 27.
Shohan Hossain is a
composer and founder of 'Pishach Project' and can be reached at (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBloodyLamp)