Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Special Feature

Three channel video installation
18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh
National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, 2018

Image from 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh
National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, 2018

This work brings into play a sense of disruption about the way we are fed news, views and ideology in the guise of knowledge in the mediatized/mediated world by examining the condition of the body in connection with the narratives or textual matters. There are three types of performance in relation to Bangla newspapers that I have developed and finally showcased in three separate channels. This video installation takes its point of departure from a single event, to make an attempt to carry out a postmortem of sort in metaphorical term to elicit some truths about the event. The result is the distribution of the theme into sub-themes. I break it down to many different responses -- The first one shows me erasing the texts from the newspapers using a blade, the second one shows newspapers soaked in water and the last one shows me hammering the nails on the newspapers.

Special Feature from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

Special Feature from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 5, 2018


Five channel video installation, 2018
Seven minutes loop
Samdani Art Award Exhibition, Dhaka Art Summit 2018, Supported by Samdani Art Foundation.
Curated by Simon Castets

Image from Samdani Art Award Exhibition, Dhaka Art Summit 2018, National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy

In this work, the idea of the search for knowledge is overlapped with that of the educational exercises that we are habituated to accept as our only means to become educated. In order to unsettle this concept of the ‘ideal method’, the work re-arranges the books to critique the established notion of knowledge dissemination and reception which is tied to the colonial legacy. These specimens underline some of the misrepresentations developed under the colonial gaze.
Here, academic, Intermediate-level and Gradute-lable books of grammar, literature, math and some journals are used to demonstrate the shady regions of the colonial education system. The video work has done on the inspiration of naivety of some reading experiences of my childhood. The first video show the pages of the books are being flipped, the second video shows books are being read, the third one shows books are being torn, circles are being inscribed into their pages besides the final act of stapling them.

Sample of five channel video work

Compose from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

Video still

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Marked 18

Performance, 3 February 2018,
Venue: Faculty of Fine Arts,University of Dhaka 
The final exhibition of the project ShohorNama, Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct
2 March - 16 March, 2018

This is part of a series of sound-oriented performance works.'Marked' could be away from the humanistic approach where machines are advancing to assert their existence. They could mark their own memory and sensory powers.  No significant humanistic sense is attached or detached with the activities of the performance.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Three channel video installation, 2017
First show: 22nd National Art Exhibition, National Art gallery, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka 2017.

In this three channel video work, I captured some awareness procedures of our day to day life which are connected to personal entrance or intrusion to anywhere. Through this repetitive performative act, with the mass awareness and safety related experiences, person's psychic repression is expressed. In the first one, the act of knocking door is present. In second, shows the locking of the door. The third, entering and exiting by opening a door and closing the door is shown.

Unlock! from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo. sample of the three channel video work

Image from 22nd National art Exhibition at National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka 2017.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

ইতিহাস আলাপ ( Coursing through History )

Two channel video installation
Exhibition: 17th Asian Art Biennale,
National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy,
Dhaka, Bangladesh. December 2016.

Coursing through History could be seen as a reaction against the naturalized legacy of the colonial past which, needless to say, spilled over into the scattered and fragmentary readings of the Liberation war of Bangladesh. This audio-visual work comprises a double channel video with one screen showing the wounding of books with a ball point while the other captures an acceleration of the speed of reading both in image and sound; in essence, an analogy for destabilizing the grand historical narratives by vandalizing the textual composition of the pages of history.

Video still, ইতিহাস আলাপ ( Coursing through History ) 2016

Video sample

Friday, February 17, 2017


Exhibition of Performance Art Week: Ephemeral Perennial
6 January to 20 February, Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct, Dhaka, 2017 
Performance: 27 December 2016

Image: Ephemeral Perennial Exhibition
 Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct, Dhaka, 2017 

Image: Performance 'Marked' at Bengal Galley of Fine Arts, 27 December 2016. Image courtesy: Bengal Foundation 

Technology is advancing rapidly, asserting their existence. They have the ability to make memories and develop sensory powers. The results of their actions matter little to them. Even non-action doesn’t bother them. Their functions are not attached nor detached to human emotions or concerns
Marked is a study of one such hypothetical situation where I’m trying to make visible, information that is invisible.
This is part of a series of sound-oriented works, where I work with making the audible visible.

Marked from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.
Video courtesy: Bengal Foundation 

Marked from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

A Broadcasting

Three channel video installation
Three minutes loop.
video produced at 2014
Show: ‘আত্ম/পরিচয়’ Self/Identity
Bangladesh National Museum, Nalinikanta Bhattasali Gallery, Dhaka, 2016.

Through the three channel video, the inversion of linearity of the following structure speaker-speech-sense has been highlighted. Here the inability prevailing over the world is pointed out. As a matter of fact, the speakers' a type of inversion has been exposed in the three channel video. It seems that being in the midst of contiguity and remoteness the speaker becomes egocentric and psychopath.

I picked three common functions from my everyday life. I performed these functions loudly using the microphone. I recorded these videos with the noise of sound of the performance. In the first one, I was coughing. In the middle video, I was hushing to express my disapproval of some annoyance.  I was responding to other things to show my approval.

A Broadcasting, three channel video installation with sound at Bangladesh National Museum, Nalinikanta Bhattasali Gallery, Dhaka, 2016.

video sample

A Broadcasting from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

as a matter of fact

Single-channel video with sound
Materials: Projector, sound, marble
2 minutes 22 seconds loop, 2015
Show: Young Art Exhibition 2016
at National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh.

Photo creditMohidul Haque

*** This work is a part of my series project. I made 1st part of ‘drop the matter’ in 2011 taking the scene and sound of dropping marbles from stairs, which I presented in 2012 in Dhaka Art Summit. Other parts 'drop the matter please' projected on the floor at 19th young artist art exhibition 2014, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.
In this part of the video, I threw some marbles on the wall and recorded the scene of hitting marbles several times with my camera. The sound of the video is addressed to different sounds from which belong to different incidents of the world. I displayed some different colors and sizes marble with the video projection.
Some events of my childhood, I wanted to play some games that others play but did not know how to play or could not play that game. Some toys were so attractive to me that I could spend a whole day only with those toys without disturbing others or without being disturbed. I could throw those toys on the wall or on stairs or on the floor. This video from those unfulfilled desires.

as a matter of fact from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Two channel video installation with sound, 2015,
Two minutes twenty nine seconds,loop,
Samdani Art Award Exhibition at Dhaka Art Summit,
Curated by Daniel Baumann
National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, 2016.

The videos are inspired by some common events linked to everyday life which are used in a repetitive way to re-emphasize the meaning of our mundane acts. One of the videos disorganizingly brings to the fore falling dusty books at the time of reorganizing them. Another one shows relentless flicking of hands like a rhythmic clapping. These activities hover over the idea of self-inquiry and transpose the two set of physical actions with the intention to build a narrative which neither has a beginning nor an end. Though ambiguous in their expression, the two experiences are an enactment of a subtext which lies underneath the particular mundane actions they bring into view.

Photo credit: Mizanur Rahman Sakib and Mohidul Haque

 Two channel video installation with sound, Samdani Art award Exhibition at Dhaka Art Summit, National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala  Academy,  2016.

Video Sample

Filter, two channel video installation from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

Palash Bhattacharjee's performative prank

The two channel video playing two separate yet interlinked footages set on a repetitive mode in the installation Palash Bhattachrjee has conceived for this edition of DAS takes sound as an integral element. So this complex of a work commences first as a site to project a slice-of-life only to initiate further unfolding of layers, thereby plunging the viewers into the abyss of an existential inquiry – is the end a new beginning?
As a witness one experiences the experiencing of a simple act of discarding old books. Some even lie on the floor as an extension of the 'reel' into the 'real'. The work is a reenactment of an event in life sliced into pieces – the dusting hands on the right channel tentatively liaise with the left panel where books are showered on the floor to imply the act of disowning. Thematically the videos represent two consecutive sequences of the same act. However, in the final iteration their avoidance of any affectation – visual qualities generated through digital means – they candidly forward a double bill of an idea. The work makes one look at 'time' as an arbiter of life and also delineates its rhythm in the represented end of a chapter in the life of a book lover.
Though there is no apparent dilemma visible in the video works about the disposal of books, through the rhythms of the moving hands and pouring books there emerge ambiguity – though the sense of urgency for renewal, too, is something that never escapes the mind.
In the Indian tradition of thoughts time is circular – never-ending, as such the end is always perceived as a new beginning. The Greek word 'telos' also variously stands for end-goal-purpose. In Palash's presentation perhaps purposefulness is evoked by a seemingly purposeless performance of dumping one's collection of books.

Depart's pick from the Samdani Art Award 
Depart Magazine, page 78,  Issue 21, Volume 7, July-December, 2016, ISSN 2310-6832

Friday, December 25, 2015

Don't Sit Here...

Double Channel Video
Show: Unfold, Cheragi Art Show edition 4, Curated by Zihan Karim, 2015
Cheragi Lane, Chittagong, Bangladesh

This is a small place under construction and new-constructed. This double channel video derived from the realization of those conjectures. Here, one of those videos is comprised of the busy shops of Cheragi Circle and small walls in front of the Press Office and the other one is presented with the pictures of the broken walls. Beside this, the nasal sound of my voice uttering 'না...'(Bengali pronounced 'Naa' means No)  has been added in the background of the two videos.

Video sample

Detail video

Don't Sit Here... from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

Don’t Sit Here… from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Turn

A single channel video with sound and photographs
HD 1920x1080, Stereo
Six minutes thirty seconds
Voice and sound: Palash Bhattacharjee
ONLY CONNECT- EDITION 3,  Daily Star Bengal Arts Precinct Gallery, Dhaka, 2015.
The changing skyline impacting the weather and my own sense of reality which has been overwhelmed by the changing urban sites, inform this video which captures an experiential reality. I am instantly stimulated by the site of coming rain seen through a small rented home on a top tower at Shahbag, Dhaka. I often scan the skyline from the window of this rented home. The video had taken as its basis a single shot view of changing weather which frequently encourages my spirit. That spirit also redefines my own voice and came out in a repetitive chant. My mood turned to a cosmic sense of reality in momentary lapse of reason.

Exhibition Image

A Turn from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

The book of 'A turn', process shots, 5 pages photographs,  each print size: 32cmx21cm

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Drought

Installation with two channel video and audio
First show at National Art Exhibition 2015,
National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.
Duration: 4 Minutes 24 Seconds 

Image taken from National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.

The project formulated from some functions of the everyday life experiences. How is life with these incidents?   I translated my thoughts into performance with some of common objects which are affected on my own everyday life. 
I took some of habitual functions from our daily life. In one of the videos I threw talcum powder on my body and in the second one I recorded a  shadow of talcum powder box where I try to throw  powder with hits. In the other part of that  installation I used a live FM radio with microphone noises and use spread a Shital Pati (local mat) on the floor, where also have a folding shirt, talcum powder.  In the other side I kept some cosmetics boxes and a table fan.

Video still

video sample detail

The 3D layouts for installation 

Installation plan with projectors

Installation plan with T V/ monitors

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Stuck on Step...

1 mile² Dhaka 2014, A public art project in the older part of Dhaka City
Four screen video installation
A dual channel video series 
Organized by Britto Arts Trust 
Supported by Arts Collaboratory, the Netherlands. 

Presently old Dhaka is a busy space for vendors. Alongside, there are still tradition cultural 
practice in their daily life of old Dhaka people. Old Dhaka is culturally different from other part of Bangladesh.  

There is a habituated cultural harmony where the people live their everyday life. They always have different responses about the intention of visitors to the heritage buildings in old Dhaka. Some are occupied by vendors or business men or settler people. My project based on my own attention of the heritage buildings which keeps a socio- cultural harmony in old Dhaka.

My attention is on the wooden staircases of Ruplal House, Baro Bari, Bulbul Academy for Fine Arts (BAFA) and the location of Pance Bari in old Dhaka. The project was a dual channel series video works on some performative actions which are taken on my own collective actions within those different places. Beside I have achieved my own view of those places from the spirit of historical and socio-cultural aspects. Thus I have proceeded with my temporary role in the attention of public sentiments of old Dhaka. I reactively tuned myself with the present position of old Dhaka.

About the step of Ruplal House

The first one performed on the wooden staircases of Ruplal House located at B K Das Lane in Farashganj.. Ruplal House is a grand 19th century building or mansion in Old Dhaka. It was initially owned by Dhaka's infamous Armani landlord Aratun and later bought and erected jointly by two Hindu prosperous merchant brothers named Ruplal Das and Raghunath, sons of Swarup Chandra, on the northern bank of Buriganga overlooking a riverfront walkway in the Farashganj district of old Dhaka. Presently It's occupied by vendors and non commissioned ranks army people.

About the step of Bulbul Lalitakala Academy (BAFA) 
Second  performance on the wooden staircases of Bulbul  Lalitakala Academy. Locals say British civil surgeon Dr Weis later bought the house built by Pogose and so it is also known as Weis House. Bulbul Lalitakala Academy has been using the house since 1955.

About the step of Baro Bari
Third performance on the wooden staircase of Baro Bari which is Situated in 45 B.K. Dash Lane. It was built more than 100 years ago. Zamindar Prasanno Babu was the original owner of this residence. Presently occupied carpenter and vendors.

In the double channel video series, I climbed the wooden stairs and came down making sound. Beside it, the surrounding scenes were visible in these videos with the houses (Ruplal House, Baro Bari, Bulbul Academy for Fine Arts) of wooden-stairs.

About the step of Panch Bari
Panch Bari is not announced as heritage building, but its old building and old Hindu family traditionally belong to old Dhaka culture.   The last video recorded my footstep and followed the view of  Panch Bari area. Panch Bari means five families home which is over 100 years. The business man Gokul Chandra Saha, and his son Bakul Chandra Saha  developed their properties. Although a part of their family  migrated to India in 1947 and 1971 at the time of liberation war of Bangladesh. Presently its owner Nokul Chandra Saha and his nephew Modhusudan Dey take care the home.

 I choose the dark and dusty entrance place of Panch Bari for installation  of   my video works , which is always open for all. Near the entrance place of Panch Bari lots of vendors selling their commodities . During the show everybody came to see my project frankly.  In the two sides of the entrance room I installed the video works. In one corner below  I installed a dual channel video with a Tulashi tree which belong to Panch Bari as traditional representation. And in another part of that entrance room dual channel video series were installed which was performed on wooden staircases of Ruplal House, Bulbul Lalitkala Academy and Baro Bari. In the evening I lit Pradip which is represents both cultural and religious Bengali tradition.

Dual Channel Video Series 'Stuck on Step...' Ruplal House,  Bulbul  Lalitakala Academy and Baro Bari 

video sample

Stuck on Step... from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

Dual Channel Video 'Stuck on Step...'Panch Bari
video sample
Stuck on Step... from Palash Bhattacharjee on Vimeo.

Image Credit: Ali Asgar
Kehkasha Sabah
And Britto Arts trust

***Old Dhaka (Puran Dhaka) is a term used to refer to the historic old city of Dhaka, the capital of modern Bangladesh. It was founded in 1608 as Jahangir Nagar, the capital of Mughal Bengal. It was one of the largest and most prosperous cities of the Indian subcontinent and the center of the worldwide Muslin trade. The Nawab of Bengal shifted the capital from Dhaka to Murshidabad in the early-1700s. With the rise of British Calcutta, Dhaka began to stagnate and came to be known as the "City of Magnificent Ruins". The British however began to develop the modern city from the mid-19th century.