Ashim Halder Sagor
1983, Ashim Halder Sagor is a ceramic artist and sculptor. In 2006 he completed his B.FA (Hon’s) and M.FA 2008 in Ceramics from the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka. He has participated in numerous workshops and exhibitions in Bangladesh, Slovenia, Nepal, Canada, UK, and USA. Ashim’s participation in recent exhibitions include 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2010 and 19th National art Exhibition 2011 organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Raku Workshop Outcome Exhibition, 2008 & 2010, Mechanical Fantasy: Print Workshop-2009, Video Art Workshop’s open Studio, 2008/9. He has taken part in Britto Students’ Residency 2009 at Rajshahi University & CRAC International Art Camp 2010. In his statement, Ashim writes, ‘My practice began as a traditional ceramic artist. In 2008, while attending Raku workshops in Dhaka and Chittagong, I was exposed to this Japanese art form. Raku, meaning delight or joyful, is a traditional Japanese art form which has roots in ceramics. Since learning this new technique and visual language, I have created and moulded unique, mechanical and self-modeled raku & ceramic sculptures. Usually, I depict self-portraits or body fragments. I feel that I’m questioning myself, working under the motto ‘know thyself’. Sometimes this concept dictates and develops the work to take another direction. I also experiment with media such as installations, performance and video. In my artistic quest, I’d like to express life and time – life that is contemporary and time that is fleeting.