Interaction of writing and image One can pronounce things that are impossible to portray or depict and one can depict what is impossible to pronounce. Words and images are correlating, searching for each other continuously, despite of all differences. Perhaps it is art’s achievement to design a system of complete depiction through the medium of script and to find the appropriate means to write something down. "Visual Poem" or Fragment of Reality For Wakilur Rahman letters are still a rudimentary part of language that have been made optically perceptible. Conventional characters and letters can be identified as language. The artist, born in 1961 in Bangladesh, is using large modules of Chinese paper that he fills with characters drawn in ink, comparable to calligraphy. His “texts” are not to be read in succession as a unified whole. They are, rather, small private fragments similar to a diary record. The ink drawing and writing reveals technical imperfections, mental blockades and physical challenges. On the paper works, fragments of words and broken ink strokes connect to form a cryptic script. A kind of “composed visual poem” develops, since Rahman is ultimately not producing a handwritten version but is applying his ensembles of letters through a printing process. Andrea Schmidt Galerie Andrea Schmidt, Berlin
Biography: Wakilur Rahman 1961 born in Bangladesh 1976-1981 B.F.A. at Dhaka Art College, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1984-1986 M.F.A. at Central Academy of Fine Arts Peking, P.R. of China since 1988 living in Berlin Awards 1989 Honourable Mention, Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Toronto, Canada 1994 First Prize in Graphic Media, National Young Artists' Exhibition, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1995 Honourable Mention, Norwegian International Print Triennale, Fredrikstad, Norway 1996 Third Prize, Agricola-Preis f?r Kunst und Wissenschaft, Glauchau, Germany Young Artist 1996, National Young Artists' Exhibition, Bangladesh Best Award, National Exhibition, Dhaka, Bangladesh Solo exhibitions (selection) 1991 Galerie am Prater, Berlin 1992 Galerie de l'Alliance Fran?aise Dhaka, Bangladesh. Galerie Zunge, Berlin 1994 Goethe-Institut Dhaka, Bangladesh. Galerie im Pferdestall, Berlin (with Susanne Rast and Martin Wilke) 1995 Zainul Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Galerie D19, Chemnitz 1997 Indian Cultural Centre Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1998 Sharaknama, Liberation War Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1999 Galerie Himmelreich, Magdeburg (with Kerstin G?rke) 2000 Studio Bildende Kunst, Berlin 2001 Goethe-Institut Dhaka, Bangladesh 2002 Villa Oppenheim, Berlin. Galerie F92, Berlin 2003 Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Staedtische Galerie Eisenhuettenstadt Galerie GLUECK21, Berlin 2004 Strandhalle Ahrenshoop (with Eberhard Hartwig). Galerie Ostpol, Berlin (with Simon Neidhard) Galerie Abadi, Berlin (with J?rgen Kellig) 2005 Galerie de l'Alliance Fran?aise Dhaka, Bangladesh 2006 Galerie 100, Berlin (with Stefan Friedemann) 2007- Shilpangan Contemporary Art Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh Participations in exhibitions (selection ) 1995 Bangladesh - Andere Bilder, Kunstforum in der Grundkreditbank, Berlin 1996 Maloka, documenta-Halle, Kassel K?chengeister, Galerie am K?rnerpark, Berlin Ein Hauch von Sicherheit - Inszenierung eines ?ffentlichen und privaten Gef?hls, project exhibition at University of Arts, Berlin 2004 ZwischenWelten, 48 hours Neuk?lln, Berlin Workshop and exhibition, Dhaka, Bangladesh „19 graveurs du Bangladesh“, Atelier Lacouriere, Paris 2006 Kunst und Umwelt, St?dtische Galerie Wollhalle, G?strow Since 1991 participating in international fairs, biennals and triennals in Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Japan, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates
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