Artist Omar Chowdhury discusses his first solo show - developed over the last two years in Bangladesh.
"Chowdhury has spent the past two years working in the country of his birth and one of the most densely populated on earth, whose character is deeply informed by religious faiths and daily acts of worship. There, he has created an ambitious new body of work, which traverses urban and rural terrains searching for material embodiments of spiritual transcendence...
"For Chowdhury the camera is not simply a tool for image-making but a means to frame and test acts of philosophical and artistic enquiry. How might individual gestures and the movement and rhythm of ritualistic acts embody collective experiences of spiritual transcendence? To what extent does an immersion in architecture shape the human body and mind within real and imagined boundaries? Is the path to enlightenment necessarily an individualistic and hermetic journey, or one that can be experienced and shared with others?
"Commissioned especially for this exhibition by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art with support from The Keir Foundation is Omar Chowdhury’s Locus I, II, a two-channel video installation that over its long duration presents sequences of complex layers and sequences of communities and their built environment that ultimately question the symbiotic relationship between spiritual ways and physical means." (Exhibition Text)
30 May – 02 August 2014
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
Exhibition produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and supported by the Keir Foundation and the Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts, Dhaka.
Interview: Nick Garner
Video co-produced by Das Platforms and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art