Café Mango at Dhanmondi is hosting a month long group art exhibition titled “KingKortobbyo”. The inaugural ceremony was held at the café and gallery premises in presence of a host of guests from arts and media scene.
The exhibitiondisplays collective artworks by visuals artists and creative writer – AzizeeFawmi Khan, Rakib Anwar, Khairul Alam, Al Nasir, Jawad Hossain, Pijush Talukder and Mehedi Hasan. The exhibition opening event was attended by distinguished guests – eminent artistsMonirul Islam; AbulBarqAlvi; Dr. Rashid Amin, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, UODA; NaziaAndaleebPreema, Director at Bangladesh Brand Forum; Wakilur Rahman of Kala Kendra art gallery and Ashraf Kaiser, Managing Director of Benchmark Limited. The guests praised the idea of hosting art exhibitions at a café and emphasized on the significance of community arts. Salahuddin Ahmed, proprietor of Café Mango and Gallery expressed his intention of opening up the cafeteria space to host more exhibitions in the future, giving opportunity to young creative minds to showcase their work.
The idea behind “KingKortobbyo” is to use the cafeteria space to blend art into conversation, which is why the subject of the works addresses human life, inner thoughts and expressions, emotions and many contemporary issues of society. “KingKortobbyo” aims to satire the absolutist ideas of being right or wrong, reasoning that even the absolute right will eventually feel like absolute wrong by virtue of its self-absorbed authoritarian nature. The artworks presents a juxtaposition of utopian and dystopian state of minds to acknowledging the coexistence of good and evil within everyone.
The concept for the exhibition is unconventional in a sense that every member of the group had an input in each other’s work and the artworks at display on each walls are intended to be viewed collectively as one work. Most of the participants come from a professional background in advertising and media, with experience in art direction, visualization, audio visual, cinematography and copywriting. The artworks show a heavy influence of commercial art, elements of pop art and shock art through use of vibrant colours and texts.
“KingKortobbyo” intends to stick to its unconventional approach in art exhibition and will keep adding new artworks throughout its run. The exhibition will be open to all, from 12pm to 10pm every day until Friday, 21 December 2018 at Café Mango and Gallery, House 58, Road 15A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.