FIROZ MAHMUD: Visiting Artist Talk

February 9, 5:30pm, Conway 153


Firoz Mahmud is a an interdisciplinary artist born in Bangladesh. He’s lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tokyo and in New York.

He has exhibited, made art projects and has travelled all over the world.

His considered and layered practice incorporates experiments with a wide range of media and materials to address contemporary concerns from his own region.

Media of his works include installation, stencil painting, mixed media work on paper, Urgency of Proximate Drawing (NinKI), video and photographs.

His roles shift and conspire between artist and activist, through a distinct voice that is somewhere within the spectrum of ‘learned humour’ and engages with the politics, history and mythology of his nation and sub-continent in flux. In Mahmud’s work there is no urgent need to differentiate between an art conceived as plain propaganda and an art that avoids any such instrumentalisation.

Mahmud’s large-scale project ‘Sucker’ wfp21, a 26 foot fighter aircraft (pictured above) considers the interplay of militarism, war and aftermath of his country and wars and conflicts in Asia which are produced through public tax and revenue. These involve people`s survival.

Firoz Mahmud gained his Ph.D from Tokyo University of the Arts,(Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku) (2011) and his MFA from Tama Art University (2007) and was participant artist-in-research at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2003-4).

His major Biennial/Triennial exhibitions include: Dhaka Art Summit(2016, 2014), Setouchi Triennale (2013); Aichi Triennale (2010); Sharjah Biennale, UAE (2009); Cairo Biennale (2008); Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (2006 & 2009) and the Asian Biennale, Bangladesh (2000, 2002 and 2008).

He has exhibited at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo/MOT & Geidai; Fuchu Art Museum; Ota Fine Arts, Setagaya Art Museum; Mori Art Museum (Centre Gallery); The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts; Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art; Aichi Prefecture Museum of Art and Ota Fine Arts in Tokyo & Singapore and the Sharjah Museum, UAE; Asia House in London; Exhibit 320 in Delhi; Hammon Museum & ISCP in New York; MøstingsHus, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen; Rijksakademie VBK, Amsterdam Office for Contemporary Art in Norway(OCA) and the Sovereign Art Foundation in Hong Kong among others.


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