Shehr O Funn

Ayesha Sultana

Untitled (Rest), Form Studies, 2018
Watercolor on paper, 11.7 x 8.3 inches

Ayesha Sultana lives and works in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sultana’s practice spans the mediums of drawing, sound, sculpture and photography. It takes inspiration from architecture and landscape utilizing a highly minimalist aesthetic. Form Studies, exhibited at LB01 is an ongoing body of work on paper that gives us an insight into how she perceives street corners, architectural detail, wall surfaces and construction items in her daily life in Dhaka and the places she travels to. These impressions portrayed on paper sometimes leap off the page and are transformed into its physical material and sculpture. In words of the artist, “they are not just observations of form, but of material, movement and distance,” all key to Sultana’s way of looking and thinking. Sultana has exhibited widely, including solo shows at FIAC, Paris (2017), Experimenter, Kolkata (2017), Dhaka Art Summit (2016), Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome (2014). She is a recipient of the Samdani Art Award 2014 and is a member of the Dhaka based artist-run organization, Britto Arts Trust.

Text and image source: Lahore Biennale Foundation