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RETRACING THE EYE

 

Dimbola Museum, Isle of Wight

 

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Dimbola Museum & Galleries presents a stunning collection of new works by the visual artist and photographer, Sunara Begum. A British artist of Bangladeshi descent she explores perspectives on homeland, retracing legacies and memories of forgotten history. Begum has a unique ability to evoke an immediate emotional connection between subject and viewer and much of her work is occupied in capturing and conveying the expressions, emotions and gestures of her subjects.Begum’s interest in the pioneering work of the 19th century Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, inspired her to stage a new interpretation of her work, engaging and developing a timeless relationship with her images. Begum re-imagines the life of her silent subjects, over a century later, and her work is a symbol of untold stories. This exhibition suggests the power of reclaiming the silenced voice that is all too often written out of human existence.Retracing the Eye is a new solo exhibition by Sunara Begum of 26 etchings, carborundums and woodcuts that follow an intimate and poetic narrative. Begum uses elemental materials drawn from the environment and her work is intrinsically connected to the landscape that she newly engages with. The colours and textures in her work have reminiscences of terracotta, earth pigment and draws from her own indigenous culture.

 

Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo

 

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Lionel Wendt Gallery presents a stunning collection of new works by the visual artist and photographer, Sunara Begum. A British artist of Bangladeshi descent she explores perspectives on homeland, retracing legacies and memories of forgotten history. Begum has a unique ability to evoke an immediate emotional connection between subject and viewer and much of her work is occupied in capturing and conveying the expressions, emotions and gestures of her subjects.Begum’s interest in the pioneering work of the 19th century Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, inspired her to stage a new interpretation of her work, engaging and developing a timeless relationship with her images. Begum re-imagines the life of her silent subjects, over a century later, and her work is a symbol of untold stories. This exhibition suggests the power of reclaiming the silenced voice that is all too often written out of human existence.

 

Begum’s visit to Sri Lanka was inspired by the work of her mentor, the renowned Sri Lankan photographer and filmmaker, Dunstan Perera, who first introduced her to the work of Julia Margaret Cameron. He also encouraged her to look into the ancient art and culture of his homeland including the rock cave temples, frescos and monuments in Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Sigiriya.Retracing the Eye is a new solo exhibition by Sunara Begum of 21 etchings, carborundum and woodcuts that follow an intimate and poetic narrative. Begum uses elemental materials drawn from the environment and her work is intrinsically connected to the landscape that she newly engages with. The colours and textures in her work have reminiscences of terracotta, earth pigment and draws from her indigenous culture.

 

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Crypt Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

 

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THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPENED BY HIS EXCELLENCY,
SRI LANKAN HIGH COMMISSIONER, DR CRISS NONIS
FOLLOWED BY A KEYNOTE SPEECH BY DR BRIAN HINTON MBE,
CHAIRMAN, JULIA MARGARET CAMERON TRUST

 

The Crypt Gallery presents a stunning collection of new works by the visual artists and photographers, Sunara Begum and Dunstan Perera. These two British artists of Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan descent explore perspectives on homeland, retracing legacies and memories of forgotten history. Both Begum and Perera have a unique ability to evoke an immediate emotional connection between subject and viewer and much of their work is occupied in capturing and conveying the expressions, emotions and gestures of their subjects. Their common interest in the pioneering work of the 19th century English photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, inspired them to stage a new interpretation of her work, engaging and developing a timeless relationship with her images. Begum and Perera re-imagine the life of her silent subjects, over a century later, and their work is a symbol of untold stories. This exhibition suggests the power of reclaiming the silenced voice that is all too often written out of human existence.

 

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Artist Talk: Crypt Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

 

 

 

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