Ways is the first major solo exhibition by Australian artist Omar Chowdhury. Chowdhury has spent the past two years working in the country of his birth and one of the most densely populated on earth, whose character is deeply informed by religious faiths and daily acts of worship. There, he has created an ambitious new body of work, which traverses urban and rural terrains searching for material embodiments of spiritual transcendence.
Chowdhury produces large-scale, richly detailed moving image works, which are filmed during extended periods of immersion in various cultural and physical landscapes. Ways presents a captivating new body of work from Chowdhury, including the specially commissioned Locus I, II, which documents rituals undertaken by believers at a Muslim mosque and Hindu temple in the ancient city of Old Dhaka and explores the relationship between spiritual ways and physical means.
30 May – 2 August 2014
Q&A WITH OMAR CHOWDHURY
Saturday 31 May, 2pm – 3pm
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket, Sydney
Open 11am-6pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Closed public holidays