The exhibition


Mustafa Zaman:

'Lost Memory Eternalised'

Developed from a chance encounter when the artist discovered ants in his honey, the works presented in this exhibition embellish found photographs to create haunting visuals. These are a metaphor for the body, trauma, history, and politics in Bangladesh.


Mustafa Zaman is a Bangladeshi artist and writer born in 1968. He is a significant part of the growing contemporary art world in Dhaka and is editor of Depart, a Bangladeshi art magazine. Here, Zaman’s conceptual images are accompanied by his poetic essays, which further explore the wide themes depicted in his work.


The artist has selected photographs from a variety of books on subjects including history, yoga and art. Honey oozes, blood-like across depictions of human history, while the bodies of ants are drowned in the torrent. These images speak of us, the masses, subsumed by history, politics, and the demands of labour on our bodies and souls.


The themes of Zaman’s work are universally relevant but relate in particular to the history of Bangladesh. The land of Bangladesh was once part of the British Empire before being morphed into a province of Pakistan after the Partition of India in 1947. The independent nation of Bangladesh was established in 1971, following a devastating war with Pakistan, which was one of the bloodiest conflicts in living memory

The exhibition is split into 5 sections: