Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury a 58 year old senior politician of the Bangladesh opposition has been ordered by a senior judicial magistrate to be shown arrested in a sedition case brought by the police chief Mohammad Mofizuddin for making derogatory comments 12 months earlier about the murder of the acclaimed father of Bangladesh independence (Bangabandhu) Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.  The Bangaldesh government has also asked for his arrest on war crimes charges, stemming from murders committed during the 1971 fight for independence and more recently during an opposition-sponsored general strike, to which Chowdhury has denied any involvement. The recently established war crimes tribunal now claims evidence of genocide, rape, arson and looting during the war of independence committed by Chowdhury 40 years earlier.

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Political Arts | Ian Bunn Visual Artist

My digital art work is essentially politics and art. It’s about iconic people, places and events of our day.  Recorded visually through daily compilations of manipulated digital images, posted online and disseminated via online media and social networks. The works are diaristic in nature that metaphorically record a spectator’s experience of the contemporary digital age.  The resulting work intentionally has a painterly aesthetic acknowledging my historical painting practice.

Adapting Pop Art’s notion of mass media imagery into a context of the contemporary digital age, the work draws on a myriad points of reference. Utilizing fractured images to provide an allusion to the digital noise pounding away daily into our sub consciousness.  The work is essentially popular culture arts, diverging from the traditional Pop Art notion of a pronounced repetition of a consumer icon, instead this work focuses on the deluge of contemporary digital content. The compilation of the fragmented imagery is vividly distractive, not unlike cable surfing or a jaunt through Times Square.

This digital photo manipulation art work is premised on the basis that Pop art in its beginnings, freeze-framed what consumers of popular culture experienced into iconic visual abstractions. With the advent of the techno age, visual information circulates in such quantities, so rapidly and exponentially, that to comprehend a fraction of it all becomes a kind of production process in itself.  Hence this work considers fragmented elements of Popular Culture through an artistic and conceptual exploration of specific people and events of the day.