Ayesha Sultana goes solo
The Bangladeshi artist gears up for her first standalone exhibit
With a collection of graphite drawings and photographs (both, taken by her and sourced), artist Ayesha Sultana is ready to present her first solo exhibition, starting today.
‘Outside the Field of View’ is her exploration of the simple act of drawing, made dynamic by folding, cutting, tracing, scratching, piercing and more. Her work pops out of the page, quite literally. As the most recent recipient of the prestigious Samdani Prize, an award instituted to support Bangladeshi artists, all eyes are on Sultana.
This particular series seeks inspiration from architecture and landscapes. It also challenges the notion of space. Creating the individual pieces wasn't as challenging as "visualising and physically trying to give form to the body of work as a whole" she reveals. And we can see why. The graphite drawings focus on geometric shapes, the photographs present solarised and scratched images of varied vistas and there is also a heavy dose of diptych work. And yet somehow they all tie together as one cohesive whole. “I consider all the works a part of the drawing process, the way I define it,” she says.
‘Outside the Field of View’ is on display from May 9 at Experimenter, Kolkata
Click through the gallery above to see works from the exhibit