Weekend art inspiration: Experimenter Gallery goes to Paris

 Outside the field of view IX (2014) by Ayesha Sultana

Outside the field of view IX (2014) by Ayesha Sultana

Since her first solo show in Kolkata, India, in 2014, Bangladeshi contemporary artist Ayesha Sultana has gained considerable visibility on the international art scene.

The Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) gathers the great and good of the art world in Paris every autumn.

Among them this year is Dhaka-based Ayesha Sultana, an artist whose meditative, minimalist drawings and sculptures explore the relationship between landscape, form and architecture. Sultana sculpts material culled from reclaimed objects, delving into the transitory nature of our surroundings, revealing distance, movement and space.

  A series of gouache drawings on paper reinterpreting a minimalist grid with delicate forms of repetitive patterns

A series of gouache drawings on paper reinterpreting a minimalist grid with delicate forms of repetitive patterns

Sultana often refers to her work as a ‘verb’. The act of mark-making and repetition is an essential aspect of her practice. Through drawing, object, painting and photography, her works display a measured and contemplative fascination with the poetics of space.

She uses a range of materials, such as metal, paper, graphite and wood to produce gestural arrangements exploring ideas of transience, contact, balance, weight, and collapse

  The playful, staccato rhythms of the drawings hold the capacity for stillness and contemplation

The playful, staccato rhythms of the drawings hold the capacity for stillness and contemplation

Sultana is represented by Experimenter gallery in India. Run by husband-and-wife duo Priyanka and Prateek Raja, Experimenter is one of Kolkata’s most internationally recognised contemporary art galleries, and one of the 193 galleries from around 30 different countries presenting at FIAC in Paris this year.

  A dissonance between appearance and reality is essential to Ayesha Sultana's practice

A dissonance between appearance and reality is essential to Ayesha Sultana's practice

Since its inception in 2009, Experimenter has built a reputation for presenting challenging, ambitious and multidisciplinary works that aim to break beyond the commercial imperatives of the Indian market.


Experimenter presents Ayesha Sultana at the Secteur Lafayette of FIAC in Paris until 22 October

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