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‘My art is the only proof of my existence’

  • Published at 02:26 am January 21st, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:30 am January 21st, 2018
‘My art is the only proof of my existence’
The late artist, Afrida Tanzim Mahi, 20 committed suicide on January 15 in the middle of her exhibition “Lost in Transition” which is still ongoing at  KalaKendra in Mohammadpur till January 27. Her reasoning to hold a solo exhibition is explained in an eloquent statement that is available at KalaKendra. “My art is the only proof of my existence. They portray me, every told and untold story. “If asked why I chose to do a solo exhibition at this point, I can only say that it is to make peace with the past. I have been in hiding from myself and the world. I need to see it, show it and finally let it go. I am not comfortable in front of my work. They remind me of events I would like to forget, however the irony is, I am the one who makes them immortal. I may forget the event but I can’t erase the image of my painting. [caption id="attachment_241558" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photo: Mahmud Hossain Opu and Nawaz Farhin[/caption] “My paintings tell the story of what happened the day I painted the piece. A series depicts a phase I passed through. I may have painted the series overnight or over months, and this determines the length of the episode,” Afrida wrote. Curator of the exhibition artist Wakilur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune: “I was attracted to the originality in her art. She was not classically trained in the medium but used the history of art as reference in her painting.” Afrida began painting from an early age and graduated both O’level and A’levels from Scholastica. [caption id="attachment_241559" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photo: Mahmud Hossain Opu and Nawaz Farhin[/caption] She had a bright future ahead of her having gotten into an art school in Australia. “She got a scholarship to a university in Australia and was supposed to leave in a few months,” said her friend Tawfik Nawaz. Her mother Rahima Afrooz Munni said most artists gain recognition after they die, Afrida was lucky enough to be recognized and celebrated while she was still alive. “Lost in Translation” consists of 52 painting under six categories.