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FIROZ MAHMUD [fee`rose]
Brooklyn, New York , NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg

ARTIST STATEMENT: Firoz Mahmud runs several on-going art projects crosses with several media including installation, Layapa Art (a Bangladeshi stencil technique), Urgency of Proximate Drawing (NinKI: UoPD), text, video and photographs which are based on Bangladeshi socio-political culture, myth, tradition and pop culture. Mahmud's large-scale project 'sucker'wfp21, a 26 foot fighter aircraft considers the interplay of militarism and war produced through public tax and revenue. His work is a socio-archaeological inquiry into my immediate surroundings. He uses ordinary materials, objects and images from my daily life and local environment to reveal the idiosyncrasies of human nature and the contradictions integral to our contemporary lifestyle. Layapa Paintings are based on regional history and native pholosophy. Video and photographs are supporting media in installation project.

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Curriculum Vitae

1974, Born in Khulna, Bangladesh.
Studio at International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP ), Brooklyn, New York

2011: Doctor of Fine Arts, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo
2008: MFA, Dhaka University, Tama Art University, Tokyo
2007: Research on Contemporary Art, Fine Art Department, Tama Art University, Tokyo
2003~4: Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten (RVBK), Amsterdam, Netherlands
1997: BFA, Painting, Dhaka University, Institute of Fine Arts, Bangladesh (First Class First Position)


2010/11: International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP ), New York
2011: Koganecho Bazaar Art Management Residency (Yokohama Art Foundation), Yokohama
2010: Curatorial workshop under Vasif Kortun at ICA- Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo
2009: Artist Residency at OZU Culture Center, Umane/Rome, Italy
2000: Kolkata Nandonik, Kolkata, India (Camp)
1998: Royal Over Seas League, London, UK
1997: National Art Gallery, Dhaka , Bangladesh (Workshop)

2011: Firoz Mahmud, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka (Up-coming/ Sep, 2011)
`I pay, You Buy-10% tax and 100% discount-Urgency of Proximate Drawing (NinKi:UoPD) on SALE ! -
- book launch & demo Court of Justice, Union Squire & Times Squire, New York (Up-coming/Aug)
`Traitor of Faith`, International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York
`Lamentation in Two Lies`, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo
2010: Urgency of Proximate Drawing (NinKI)-`Yatta! Anzen! B.A.D. Museum of Contemporary Art, Yuga Gallery, Tokyo Geidai
`Sucker`wfp21`, Chinritsukan Gallery, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
`Whatever They are Scolded Your Star is Safe`(UoPD:NinKi)Asbestos Art Space and city billboards, Bandung, Indonesia
2009: `Belief = Be live`, OZU Sapce, Umane, Italy
2008: Chimera Project, Bugis MRT & Junction, Singapore
2007: ‘Flying Pixels from flying man’, BV & STVCV project, Khulna Vision TV & Dhaka intercity Bus service , Bangladesh
2006: BV & SS-X`CHANGE, Khulna Vision TV & BRAC NGO elementary school, Khulna , Bangladesh
Dis-tinc-tion’, Plaza Gallery, Tokyo
2005: ‘MAnifeSTATION/ layer report 27, 27’, Setagaya Arts Foundation, Tokyo (Curator:Akira Tatehata)
Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo (Curator:Akira Tatehata, CAT./text)
2003: ‘GreenDelta’ & ’Level ID` ProjectruimteOost & Nord, Rijksakademie V.B. Kunsten, Amsterdam
`PepsiMISTERYcola’, Mediaschip, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
`Laughter’ , Das Spielhaus, Berlin
`Floss`, Mayor Plaza, Madrid
`Chimera -Who’s Who’, Hub spots, Amsterdam, Glasgow & Edinburgh , UK
2002: ‘Memoir012345678901’, La Gallery, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka
2001: ‘When Situation Happens’, Zainul Gallery, IFA, Dhaka
2000:`Domineering Domination’ Institute Of Fine Arts, Dhaka
1999: “Quest of Authenticity”, Alliance Francaise, Dhaka

GROUP Exhibition (selected)
2011: 4th Yokohama Triennale , Koganecho Bazaar Project, Japan (collateral project, Aug~Nov.)
`Step Across This Line`-Contemporary art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, Asia House , London (Oct./Curator: Deeksha Nath)
Salon at Olive Street Garden:elmar hermann and firoz mahmud by ISCP, New York
Open Studios at International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP ), New York
TransCultural Exchange: Where Art and the World Convene, Boston, MA
Discussion/screening `Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art` at Location One, New York
VIP International Contemporary Art Fair, Exclusively online Fair, represented by Ota Fine Arts
New Address, New Works, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo
2010: Hakase-Tenrankai, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
Screening, Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto (Curator:Yuko Hasegawa)
Transformation, Museum of Contemporary Art & Geidai,Tokyo (Curator: Yuko Hasegawa / Sakaguchi Hirotoshi)
1st Aichi Triennial, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan (Curator:Akira Tatehata,Peter Luigi Tazzi, Jochen Volz)
10th Anniversary exhibition, Bengal Art Foundation gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh
RE/Mapping Matsudo, Matsudo Art project 2010, Chiba (Curator:Isom Jamal Winton)
`Final save-n-stARS` by B.A.D. Museum of Contemporary Art at Khulna Art School, Khulna, Bangladesh
I want you !, Mori Art Museum, Center Gallery, Tokyo (curator Hasegawa Yuko & Others Judges...)
`Art project 2009mini`, Jiro Yoshihara (GUTAI group ) Memorial project, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan
2009: `Art project Ideas`, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art / Hiroshima MoCA, Hiroshima (Curator: Yukia Kamiya)
`Cities and walls ` 5th Tashkent Biennial, Uzbekistan (Curator: Pavel Constantinos /Sara Raja)
4th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (Dynamo Art Project), Nigata, Japan
`personally political - contemporary sensation` , kunsthausTacheles, Berlin (Curator:Barbara Fragogna)
`6x609` Rochester Contemporary Art Center, New York
9th Sharjah Art Biennial-`Provision for the Future`, Sharjah Art Museum, UAE (Curator: Esabel Carlos /Jack Persekian)
2008: 11th Cairo Art Biennial, `the Other`, Arts Palace, Cairo, Egypt (Curator: Ehab Ellaban )
Firoz Mahmud, Tokuro Usui, Arryan Snowball, Union Gallery, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
Sovereign Asian Art Exhibition, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
13th Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh, National Art Gallery, Dhaka
(`Anomalies` Art project with Sawa Hiraki, Hiroharu Mori and Ozawa Tsuyoshi)
'Spirit of Travel': LVP, The Landmark Atrium, Hong Kong
Tumon Sands Plaza, Tumon, Guam
30AAPA, Star Hill Center/LV, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
`When Switch off Mobile…talk Eloquently’ Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo (Curator: Ozawa Tsuyoshi/Tsuruta Yoriko)
`..cret Auction`, Command N/KANDADA space, Tokyo
Sovereign Asian Art Prize, The Landmark Atrium, Hong Kong
ShContemporary08, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
`Machi to Ato’, Art Project, Kojima Art Plaza, Tokyo
2007: `Visualizing onto dream` project, BRAC NGO elementary school,Khulna , Bangladesh
`Sotsuten`, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
`KOTONOBA’-Sustainable Art Project exhibition, Kyu-Iwasaki-Tei Museum, Tokyo
Contemporary Art from Bangladesh, Art Nexus, Beijing, China
National Art Gallery (Shilpakala Academy), Dhaka
Asian art , Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong (Curator/Nominator: David Elliot)
KINKO, Nihon Ginko Walking Art Museum, Tokyo
2006: Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (Curator: Fram Kitagawa/Hau Honru), Nigata, Japan
`Asian Youth Artists`, Changwon Sungsan Art Hall, Korea (2005)
Art Kawasaki, JFE/Th!nk, Kawasaki (2005) (Curator: Osamu Watanabe/ISHII Kousei)
ROSL Selection, East West Gallery, London, UK (Curator: David Solomon)
2005: Fuchu Art Museum, (Curator: Motoe Kunio), Tokyo
Maurizio Couldn’t Be Here - 5 Saturdays, Apex Art, New York
Witte de With, center for contemporary art, Rotterdam, Netherlands
`Japonder’, Setagaya Art foundation, Tokyo
2004: ‘East Meets West’ -Asian exhibition of contemporary Art, Arte Communication, (Curator: Chang Tsong- Zung), Venice, Italy
2003: Open Atelier, Rijksakademie VBK, Amsterdam, Netherlands
S.M.A.K. The Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art – Ghent, Belgium
River side Gallery, North Carolina, USA
2002: Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Dhaka (2000)
10 Contemporary Artists of Bangladesh’, National Art Gallery, Dhaka
Auction of paintings/Art exhibition, ICDDR,B, Dhaka
10 Contemporary Artists from Bangladesh (Curator: Francisco Ippolito), Metropolitan-
Gallery Mostings& Byggeriets Hus, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Young Art, Bangladesh National Art Gallery, Dhaka (1998, 96 & 94)
2001: ‘Epar+Oper, Kolkata Nandonik, Calcutta, India. (2000)
`Contemporary Art of Bangladeshi `, Chuwa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Galerie-F reiraum, Waltrop & Bonn, Germany
East- West Gallery, London, U.K.
`Contemporary Japan & Bangladeshi Art`, Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo, Japan
`Reflection 2’ Birla Academy of Art, Calcutta, India
`Contemporary Artists from Bangladesh` Gallery Kusabue, Nagoya, Japan
~2000: Berger Exhibition, Zainul Gallery, Dhaka
National Art Exhibition, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
Contemporary Bangladeshi Art exhibition, G Beijing, China
Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo, Japan
`Reflection 2’ Birla Academy of Art, Calcutta, India
Galerie-F reiraum, Waltrop & Bonn, Germany
Gallery Kusabue, Nagoya, Japan
East- West Gallery, London, U.K.
Royal Over-seas League, London, Concurse RNCM, Manchester
Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
All Annual Art Exhibitions at the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka

2010/11: Asian Art Council (ACC)/ Staar Foundation, New York
2010: Short listed, Jiro Yoshihara Memorial Project 2009 mini, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan
2009: `Prize- Art project Ideas`, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
2007: Research project Grant from Arts Networks Asia (ANA), Singapore
Kaiseikai Foundation Grants, Tokyo & Asia Open Art Forum, Tokyo
2003: Fellowship, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
2000: Berger National Young Award, Dhaka
Best Prize for Experimental painting, Institute on Fine Art, DU, Dhaka
1999: ’Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants’, Canada
1998: ‘Countess Enid Driscoll-Spa. Prize’, Royal Over-seas League, London, U.K.
1997: Khalaghar National Art Prize, Dhaka
1995:‘Shilpachariya Zainul Gold Medal’ (All Media Best), Institute of fine art, Dhaka

2011: Dialogue in Asian Contemporary Art, Location One, New York
2011: Salon at Olive Street Garden:elmar hermann and firoz mahmud by ISCP, New York
2011: TransCultural Exchange Conference, Boston
2008: Artist talk & screening, Fine Art Department, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
2008: Workshop for local communities at Kozima Art Plaza, Tokyo
2007: Workshop,`Visualizing onto dream` project, BRAC NGO elementary school,Khulna , Bangladesh
2003: Artist talk , Rijksakademie Ban Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
2003: Lecture, UODA University, Dhaka
2002~ Lecturer, Santa Marium University of Creative Technology, Dhaka
1997~1999: Teaching on Theory and Fine Arts, Narajanganj Fine Art Institute, Dhaka
1996:Workshop for Acid Victim women, Savar Ganasastha Kendra, Bangladesh

PUBLICATIONS FEATURED IN [Articles/Reviews/Catalog] (Selected )
# Art Asia Pacific, Bookmark Firoz Mahmud , 21 June, New York
# Tokyo Art Beat, Sorrowful Cries of Heritage, Firoz Mahmud`s `Lamentation in Two Lies` at Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Chisako Izuhara, 2011-5-29, Tokyo, `Firoz Mamud`s Lamentation in Two Lies` Art-iT, May, 2011
# ArtGene, Appeal to the stupidity of war, weapons made of beans, Owa Kazama Hayato , 2011-5-17, Tokyo
# Art-Index review, New Address, New Works, Feb, 2011
# The Graffik, Sorrowful Cries of Heritage, 2011-5-31, Tokyo
# `El arte y las ciudades es el tema de la Trienal de Aichi 2010`, la maja descalza, publicado en: arte, 21.08.2010, Spain
# `Bangladeshi Artist Exhibits in Japan`, The Daily Independent, page-12 & 13, 4 Sep-2010, Dhaka, Bangladesh
# Daitsuke Awata, `Bangladeshi artist Firoz Mahmud's organic and phenomenal artworks in international arena`, The News Today, Dhaka, Saturday October 30 2010
# Lucy Birmingham ,`Focus, Arts and Cities: Aichi Triennale 2010` , DNP Museum Artscape Magazine, Japan,
# BUNKA, Jimoto ishikishita jujitsu no Sakuhin, Aichi Triennale2010 hokoku, Mainichi Shimbun, 7 Sep, 2010,Tokyo;
# Toshi no Shukusai no Shogeki, Aichi Triennale 2010, Asahi Shimbun, Sep, 2, 2010, Tokyo ,Japan
# Lucy Birmingham , `Contemporary art helps revive a city`,on Aichi Triennale, Japan Times, RE:Arts, P-15, Aug 13, 2010, Tokyo
# Catalog-Provision for the Future, Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE;
# TV Nagoya interview on Firoz Mahmud and Aichi Triennale, 20 August, 2010, at 18.30,
# Aichi Triennale Kyo Kaimaku, Azayakani machi o irodoru, Torienare nairankai, (Opened the the door of Aichi Triennale),
page:1 & 3 , August 21, 2010, The Mid-Japan Economist, Nihon Chuo Keizai Shimbun, Nagoya, Japan,
# Flush Art, Aichi Triennale, Arts and Cities, Summer Edition, 2010,
# Sharjah Live TV on 17 March,09, Sharjah, UAE; /
# Provisions for the Future, Sharjah Biennial09, Art Forum Magazine,2009,/
# Sunita Menon,`I`m so Happy to see so many artists`-Art lovers gather for Sharjah Biennale,Gulf News,P-4,3.20.2009, Dubai, UAE
# Peter Lewis, `Firoz Mahmud`, Slush /Seconds Feb, 2009 issue, Leeds, UK, /
# AGENDA KUNSTBUS `Agenda Firoz Mahmud`, am=¸roz.../ bien/sharjah_biennial/2009/tour/museum
# Sharjah Biennale 9" by Valerie Grove , RSS Daily World News-At_Sharjah_Biennale_9 article. php? title=At_Sharjah_Bi... ;03/26/2009: "At,
# ART iT, July 7,2008 `Exhibition review-When you switch off the mobile, painting start to talk eloquently`, Tokyo, Japan,(www.) ,
# Gameni Monogatari o Tojikomeru’ by Kishi Keiko, The Mainichi Newspaper,Page-4,/2008.6.24, Tokyo , Japan;/
# The monthly, Eiichi Hosokawa-‘The Window of Arts’, August 2008, page 32, Tokyo, Japan
# Sustainable project ‘Bijutsu Thecho (BT)’, Tokyo, Feb-2008,/
# FE, Asian Art, Hong Kong;’Frame’,/’StarMag’-Sep,2007,/,’Prestige’,p-416~421, Hong Kong, Sep2007; Nov,2007 p-70;/ Gallery, P-42, Vol.261, Jan 2007, Tokyo, Japan;/
# Catalog & Book of Echigo –Tsumari Art Triennial 2006, Nigata/Tokyo, published by Art Front Gallery, Japan;/
# Ca-Fe Autumn publication & catalog.,/ “Kawasaki Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition ”,Kawasaki, October 2005,P-17;/
# Arjan Reinders, “Veel behaaglijk werk op de Rijksakademie”, Het parool, Nov. 30, 2003, Amsterdam, P-8 ;/
# “Rijksakademie van Beeld.Kunsten 2003”(booklet), Edited by Erick Beltran ,Dec 2003, RVBK, Amsterdam, p-23/
# Trine Ross, “fri kunst fra Bangladesh”, Politiken, Copenhagen, Denmark; 5, December, 2002, P-6/
# Sadeq Khan, “Oktoberfest of Paintings at La Galerie”, Holiday, Dhaka, Oct 18,2002, P-4/
# Ulandssekretariatet LO/FTF Council, kunstnerne og forfatterne, “Kalantorer Roopkalpa Overgangsbilleder. Smtidskunst fra Bangladesh” (book), Denmark, ISBN 87-90858-18-2, 2002, p-23 & 37, 40-41;/
# Fayza haq , “A world of colourful images, figures and semi abstract nations”, The Daily Star ,culture, Oct.4, 2002, Dhaka, P-12;/
# Mustafa Zaman,“Memories of Firoz Mahmud”, Dhaka courier, Dhaka, 18 Oct., 2002, VOL.19 issue 12, P-36 ;/
# Moinuddin khaled, “ei somoer dosh Shilpi”, Jugantor, Dhaka, 3 may, 2002, p- 7;/
# Fayza haq, “phantasmagoria of everyday life”, Star, weekend magazine, Dhaka, VOL-5 Issue 239, p-29;/
# Syed manzoorul islam, “Firoz Mahmud’s paintings and drawings”, The Independent, Dhaka, 8 April, 2000, P-,/
# TH, “Firoz Mahmud, Bangladesh”, Overseas, ROSL Magazine, London, UK, VOL. 84 No.4, Dec 1998 feb1999 ISSN 00307424,
# Shamim Ahsan & Tina Umnia, “Showcasing New Talent”, Star, weekend, Dhaka, Dec.8, 2000, P-4;/ MD. Jahangir Alam, “Firoz Mahmud’s Art depicts world of Tyranny”, Evidence, Dhaka, March 10, 2000, VOL.18th yr, No 1, P- 36;

Collection :
Bangladesh National Art Gallery, Grameen Bank, Danish Society of Labors Copenhagen, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam, Ota Fine Arts Tokyo

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