NEW YORK CITY – NYC based artist Farhana Akhter presents a solo exhibition Liberi Fatali - The Guardians featuring 16 sculptures from the Liberi Fatali series (2013-present) and 6 recent mixed media paintings. The exhibition opens August 20, 2022, 6-9pm at ChaShaMa, 1155 Avenue of the Americas (6th), New York, NY 10036.
These sculptures and paintings are embedded with organic and inorganic materials layered with iridescent shimmering paint in all colors of the spectrum. The found objects incorporated onto the surfaces are symbolic of the transformative process, which combines organic elements such as moss, dried flowers, rice, lentils, with inorganic materials such as plastic, clay, glass, crystals, stone and metal. The surfaces of the sculptures are textured with clusters of found objects embedded in acrylic polymer over molded aluminum mesh and then layered with paint.
The works create a universal dialogue of deep understanding, reflection, nurturance and interconnectedness. The Latin phrase Liberi Fatali translates to “fated children”. Each sculpture represents a child, and the larger sculptures also serve as guardians. The Liberi Fatali series consists of overall 40 sculptures of varying sizes ranging from over 6 feet tall to less than 1 foot in height.
The body of work is inspired by the environment as an embodiment or reflection of ourselves. At once familiar yet otherworldly forms appear to be chaotic, imperfect and incomplete yet, when viewed in whole, the forms carry grace and beauty. The groupings of sculptures create a narrative that speaks to actions and emotions of embracing the unknown and unfamiliar and the cyclic phases of existence. The draped forms and color palette are influenced by Akhter’s native Bangladeshi culture and heritage.
This exhibition is supported by the Chashama Organization’s Space to Present Program.
Since 1995 Chashama has partnered with property owners to transform unused real estate for 30,000 artists, hosted 4,000 public art events, provided 1,500 classes in under-served communities and reached audiences of nearly a million.
Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 6-9pm EST
Regular Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 12-6pm
September 3, 2022 from 3-4pm
About the Artist
Farhana Akhter is a New-York based Bangladeshi artist. Her mixed media sculptures and paintings explore the transformative journey from chaos to harmony and grace. The found material constructions with organic and inorganic objects incorporated onto the surfaces are symbolic of the transformative process. Her science based educational background including microbiology, botany and chemistry, influences her work. Her color palette reflects the rich and vibrant hues influenced by her native land and culture.
Farhana has had numerous exhibitions in various galleries in New York City, Miami, Washington DC and including the Salmagundi Club, Garner Arts Center, and the Chelsea Museum of Art. Internationally her work has been exhibited in Canada, London, Tokyo, and Greece. Her work has been published and reviewed by Arte News, Art Productions, Studio & Gallery Magazine, and Santa Fe Art World. Her work is in various private collections throughout the world and the Museum of New Art in Detroit, Michigan.
Farhana received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Arts & Humanities from the University of Maryland. In addition to her work as an artist, she has curated several art exhibitions in New York City. She is the founder of a multi-cultural artist collective, Global Fusion Arts (2008) which empowers cross-cultural multidisciplinary artists and communities supporting the arts and humanitarian causes.