(b. 1988, Bangladesh)
Holding a BFA from the Department of Drawing and Painting at the University of Dhaka (2013) Abir Shome is particularly interested in investigating the notion behind doing art. Although a gifted draughtsman, he prefers not to focus on a particular media. Choosing, rather to explore and display how socio-material forms influence aesthetic delivery and, thereby, how artistic activity becomes a form of production. Often, this takes the form of static digital collage, or experimental video.
In the artist's book 'In Dhaka, or The Last Days of Sodom' (2015), which features text by Abir and photographs by his regular collaborator and fellow OGCJM member, Md. Rafiqul Islam, we see how text, not just as a source of knowledge, but as a material for expression, has become central to Abir's practice.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
'How Are You?', Community Space Litmus Gallery, Ansan, Korea
'Mourn', Dhaka Art Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Curated by Rafiqul Shuvo
'Only God Can Judge Me', Abandoned Coca-Cola Factory, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Curated by Rafiqul Shuvo
'Young Dhaka Show-11', Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Curated by Rafiqul Shuvo
'THE COUNTRY OF RISING SADNESS', Dhaka Art Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Abir is the joint-recipient of Bengal Foundation's Subir Choudhury Practice Grant award for 2015. Since leaving university, Abir has been working as a part-time graphic designer and has been an active member of the OGCJM artist collaborative. With the grant, Abir plans to finally create a number of planned works that he has not had the means to make. If all goes well, the works will be presented to audiences in Dhaka in 2016 and the exhibition itself will seek to create multiple ways and means through which the audiences may interact with and view the art works.