AKLIMA IQBAL (1989, Narayanganj/Bangladesh)

I studied drawing and painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, graduating in 2015. From 2016 to 2017 I studied printmaking at the Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Eugeniusza Gepperta we Wrocławiu, Poland. Since 2017 I has been studying Contextual Painting at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. I am currently living and working in Vienna. In 2017 my work was part of the 1st International Print Triennial in Cieszyn, Poland, entitled “In the search of Impossible”. For hmy contribution I was awarded with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts Award. Recently I received the Fügerpreis (2021) from Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. My work has been shown a.o. at Wroclaw,Poland, Art Collection Schlichtner, Artcare, Vienna, Desiderio Gallery Vienna, Yanjiao Biennial Beijing, Galerie Kerstan Stuttgart, Print Triennial Cieszyn, Poland, Dhaka Art Centre.

If I take a look to the chronological relation of my work, I would find some constructive appeal, like I started to paint object from my surroundings in realistic way to amalgamate the psychical and psychological skill and to find the instinctive implementation of construction of human behavior. And I realized that every construction has fundamental structure in our daily life and I started deconstructing forms to find the freedom from which it was constructed. Because I believed only freedom gives the power of expressing ideas, free form ideology. When I started painting in this way, I realized that I need to forget several approaches of Art making that I learnt and knew form my institute in conventional manner. To me action is very important element for art. Now my recent art works focus on visual experience and perception on how to act and visualize my surroundings by making myself free. So I think in this way experience and realization can be reconstructed.

I have a sensitive intuition and curiosity for human communication and interpersonal behavior. My works are created using drawing, painting and collage, creating absurd narratives and contexts, exciting formulations and arrangements, artistic thinking and research full of surprises and peculiarities in a tension between clarity and mystery.