Modern and Contemporary Art from India
February 25, 2011 through September 4, 2011, San Jose Museum of Art
DHAKA FLOOD OF 2004, 2006
Oil on canvas
24 x 90 inches
Private collection

Kaz Rahman
Born 1973, Ontario, Canada
Lives and works in Hyderabad, India and Ontario, Canada
In Dhaka Flood of 2004, Kaz Rahman recalled the details of the worst flood in the capital of Bangladesh, which he experienced firsthand. Dislocated human artifacts float in a chaotic, flattened and churning pictorial space. Rahman stated that this work deals “with themes of water, monsoon and the dichotomy of beautiful destruction in monumental floods.”1 Interestingly, the artist views cataclysmic environmental disasters not as catastrophes but as peaceful assertions of nature to be accepted as adventure.

1 Email correspondence with the artist, July 26, 2010.