Special Features generates metaphors for the body’s collision with the endless stream of media in contemporary society: the “news, views and ideology in the guise of knowledge.” Commenting on the frequently duplicitous nature of today’s mass media, it visualises the collision as distinct physical encounters that induce visceral reactions in both performer and viewer. These physical encounters, performed by the artist, are filmed and showcased on three separate channels. He centres his performance on a Bengali newspaper, whose text he tries to erase with a blade, soak in water, and hammer with nails, as if to conduct a “post mortem” of a single event reported in the paper, in the hope of eliciting some truth. This work, originally a physical installation within a gallery space, has been specially adapted for this exhibition.
Palash Bhattacharjee (Bangladesh) in conversation with Nadia Samdani (Vice-president of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Co-founder and President of Samdani Art Foundation, and Co-founder and Director of Dhaka Art Summit) and Selvam Thorez, Director, Alliance Francaise, Chittagong. Moderated by Proiti Seal Acharya, co-curator, Deconfine. The artist will talk about his creative journey in the context of contemporary media arts in Bangladesh, focusing especially on his resistance to mass media as an ideological tool. The video of the conversation will be posted here on Nov 22, 17h30. The same will be streamed live on Facebook accounts of Alliance Française in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Palash Bhattacharjee is a Chattogram based artist who creates photo-video installations, site-specific interventions, and performances. He is also interested in working with sound. His works often involve a combination of all these forms. Palash, through his works, explores the body’s relationship with space and time. He has exhibited his works across Bangladesh and the world, including exhibitions at Dhaka Art Summit, Bengal Shilpalay, Fiva Festival Internacional de videoarte, the 15th Asian Art Biennale and so on.