Profile | Shawonakand

Shawon Akand

Artist, Researcher, Curator


Contact Address
Apt. A3, House 573, Road 8,
Baitul Aman Housing Society,
Adabor, Dhaka 1207,

Phone: +88-01712-122415
web site:

Present Position

  • Freelance Artist, Researcher and Curator based in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Chairman, CRACK Trust ( a nonprofit art organization
  • Curator, Asthru Archive, Kushtia

Previous positions

  • Curator, Gallery Jolrong, Dhaka, Bangladesh(2012-2014)
  • Managing Director, Centre for Research on Art and Culture(CRAC), Dhaka (2009-2011)
  • Editor, Art of Bangladesh, A Monthly Art-Letter of (2008-2011)
  • Art Teacher, The British School in Dhaka (2003-2006)
  • Project Director, Art and Artists of Bangladesh A multimedia CD Project (1999-2008)
  • Art Director, Swapnadarshi Communication, Dhaka (2001-2003)
  • Chief Graphic Designer, Media Craft Ltd. Dhaka (1999-2001)

Academic profile

  • B.F.A. in Graphic Design, Institute of Fine Art( presently Faculty of Fine Art ), University of Dhaka,1997

Grant/ Fellowship

  • Research Grant for 3 Years on” Textile Traditions in Bangladesh” from Deshal (A reputed fashion house in Bangladesh ) in 2007
  • Research Fellowship, Culture, Asia-Europe Foundation 2013
  • Research Fellowship, Bangladesh Film Archive,  (2015-16)

Art Camp, Workshops, Residency Program (participated)

  • Wadden Tide Festival, Blavand, Denmark 2014
  • “Being Commons”, seminar, workshop and travel curated by Rajarshi Dasgupta(JNU) in Himachal Pradesh, India 2014
  • Embellishing Contemporary Edges” International Drawing Camp  organized by The drawing box in Collaboration with  ICAC in  Mumbai, India  2013
  • Artist in Residency program at NIV Art Center, New Delhi, India 2013
  • S M Sultan International Art Camp in Narail, organized by S. M. Sultan Foundation, Narail, Bangladesh in 2012 and 2013
  • CRACK International Art Camp, Kushtia, Organized by CRACK Trust 2007-15
  • ‘Idea Springboard– Art Beyond Canvas’, conducted by Moyeenul Alam, organized by, Dhaka 2009
  • Artist’s Personal Book’- Printmaking workshop conducted by Paula Sen Gupta from India, organized by Britto Art Trust, Dhaka 2008
  • 2nd Print Making workshop organized by Chhapai, Dhaka, Bangladesh-2006
  • Alternative Art Camp, Alliance Frances de Dacca and Gallery Chittrak, Dhaka , 2004
  • 15th Art History and Art Appreciation Course, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, 2002
  • Modern Painting Workshop conducted by artist Iftekhar Uddin Ahmed, organized by Alliance Frances de Dhaka, 2001.

Exhibitions/ Open Studio Day


  • To See  or Not To See, National Art Gallery (Gallery 4), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka,  Bangladesh, 2016
  • Paradox of the Partition, NIV Art Centre, New Delhi, India, 2013
  • What is Reality, Drik Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2007

Group (selected)

  • Culture of Peace Exhibition, Tehran, Iran 2015
  • Wadden Tide Exhibition, Blavand, Denmark 2014
  • Saturday Last, in NIV Art Centre, New Delhi, India, 2013
  • Orchestra, a group show of 14 Bangladeshi Artists in National Art Gallery, Bangladesh, 2009
  • Bohemian, Exhibition of 9 Bangladeshi artists, Galleria 919, Karachi, Pakistan 2009
  • Friendship, Exhibition of Bangladeshi and Indian artists, Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka,     Bangladesh, 2009
  • Utshav, Exhibition of 31 Artists of Bangladesh, Gallery Kaya, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 2009
  • Print Show of 8 Young Artists, Zainul Gallery-2, Dhaka, Bangladesh-2006
  • 12th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh-2005
  • Informal Art Exhibition, Dhaka, Bangladesh-2003
  • AJAK International Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan-2003
  • 14th Young Artists’ Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh-2002
  • 4th Young Painters’ Art Exhibition from Bangladesh, Tokyo, Japan-2002
  • 10th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh-2001
  • 6th Barger Young Painters’ Art Exhibition, Zainul Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh-2001
  • 6 Young Painters’ Art Exhibition at Jahangirnagar University-2000
  • Group Show at Zainul Gallery, Institute of fine art, Dhaka University-1995, 1996
  • Annual Art Exhibitions, Institute of Fine Art, Dhaka University-1994-1999


Japan, England, Canada, Netherlands, India, Pakistan and many private collections in Bangladesh

Publications (selected)

A. Books

  1. An Outline of Bangladesh Folk Art, Journeyman and Gallery Jolrong, Dhaka 2016
  2. Setouchi Catalogue: Bangladesh Crafts (Ed.), Dhaka2015
  3. Dhakai Jamdani : A concise history including 101 design motifs, UNESCO, Dhaka 2011
  4. Mon Jabi Chol Andhokare (ed.) Prachyanat, Dhaka 2010
  5. Ashrunama-A memoir of Sahida Musa () Mom Prokash, Dhaka 2009
  6. Dhamrai Jonopoder Kansa-Pital Shilp( a study on Bronze and Brass Works of Dhamrai), Sufi and Associates, Dhaka, 2007
  7. BangladesherAadhunik Charushilper Probonota (Tendency of Modern Art in Bangladesh ), Imp Publications, Dhaka, 2004
  8. Bangladesher Tantshilpa (Textile Traditionals of Bangladesh) Deshal, Dhaka 2016( to be published)

        B. Articles in Books and Journals (selected)

  1. ‘Bangladesh’ in Art Asia Pacific Almanac 2012-2016 Edited By H. G. Masters, Hong Kong, 2012-2016
  2. ‘Partition, Folk Art and Shiplacharya Zainul Abedin’, in Depart, edited by Mustafa Zaman, Dhaka 2014
  3. ‘Mapping the Journey: Art Institutes in Bangladesh’, in Art Varta, edited by Indrapromit Roy, Kolkata, India 2010
  4. ‘Reclaiming Art History as a repository of local knowledge’, in Depart, Edited by Mustafa Zaman, Dhaka 2009
  5. ‘Capturing location specific realities: Writing Art history from below’, in Depart, Edited by Mustafa Zaman, Dhaka 2009
  6. ‘Jolrong-e Dhaka’ (Dhaka in water color), in Shilparup, Edited by Nilima Afrin, Dhaka 2009
  7. ‘Unpublished letter of Zainul Abedin and some related context’, in Shilporup, Edited by Nilima Afrin, Dhaka 2008
  8. Paintings in Colonial Period 1757-1947’, – in Archeological Heritage Volume, (edited by Sufi Mostafizur Rahman) Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Project, Bangladesh Asiatic Society, Dhaka, 2008
  9. S.M Sultan, in Art and Crafts Volume, (edited by Lala Rukh Selim) Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Project, Bangladesh Asiatic Society, Dhaka, 2008
  10. ‘Cinema Banner Painting  and related context’, – in Art and Crafts Volume,(edited by Lala Rukh Selim) Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Project, Bangladesh Asiatic Society, Dhaka,  2008
  11. ‘Graphic Design’, – in Art and Crafts Volume, (edited by Lala Rukh Selim) Cultural Survey of Bangladesh Project, Bangladesh Asiatic Society, Dhaka, 2008
  12. Jon o Jonopoder Itihas, “Ababahas”, 1st and 2nd Issue, Kolkata, India,  2007
  13. Geneva Camp Dhaka: Onitya Onchol, Porijaiye satya ( A Study on Bihari Community of Dhaka) Co-writer :  Rajarshi Das Gupta, Agrabeej, 2nd issue, (edited by Saad Kamali ), Texas, USA, 2007


      C. Others

  • Art and Artists of Bangladesh – A multimedia CD on fine arts of Bangladesh, (which is the largest compilation in this respect), published by Rakhal Balak, Dhaka, 2008
  • Joler Sui Paboner Suto, a Documentary Film on Bolahari Caste in Bangladesh. Duration 23 minutes. Rakhal Balak, Dhaka 2013

Art Talk/ Seminar/ Conference

  1. Art Talk on “Art Initiatives Off the Centre” in Dhaka Art Summit 2016 organized by Samdani Art Foundation  at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka 2016
  2. Seminar on “Cinema Banner Painting in Bangladesh”  organized by Bangladesh Film Archive at Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, Dhaka, 2016
  3. “Present State of Folk and Traditional Art: A Brief Discussion with Few Questions”, Seminar at 1st Karnafuli Folk Triennial, organized by Santaran Art  Organization held in Chittagong and Dhaka,  2015
  4. Lecture and multimedia presentation on “Beyond the Colonial Hangover: Alternative Art and Politics in Bangladesh”  in the conference titled “Vernacular Underground: Politics, Histories and Aesthetics” organized by Neheru Memorial Museum and Library, in cooperation with Marg Humanities, New Delhi, India 2014
  5. “Sultan as peoples’ Artist and populace in Sultan’s Paintings” paper presented at Seminar in Sultan Festival 2014, Narail, organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (Bangladesh National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts), February 2014
  6. “Contemporary Art in Bangladesh and Alternative practices through CRACK” multimedia presentation in Rachna Sansad, Mumbai, India, December 2013
  7. “Alternative art practices through CRACK Bangladesh: Experience Explore Exchange ” presentation at Studio 21, Kolkata, India, November 2013
  8. Lecture and multimedia presentation about “Alternative art practices through CRACK” and my individual artworks in Center for Political Science, Jaharlal Neheru University, New Delhi and  in Shimeesha Art Studio, Baroda, Gujrat, India in  October 2013
  9. Traditional Textile of Bangladesh (special focus on Jamdani), Alternative art practices through CRACK” and my individual artworks in NIV Art Centre, New Delhi, India in October  2013
  10. “ Folk Art in Bangladesh: The Legend and Legacy” presentation at Seminar Bangladesh Art Now in Setouchi Art Triennial, Japan in  July 2013
  11.  “The Partition, Folk Art and Zainul Abedin” paper presented at Seminar organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (Bangladesh National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts) in July 2013
  12. Two Art Talks (Day 01: Popular art in Bangladesh focusing on Cinema Banner Paintings, Rickshaw Art and Truck paintings and Day 02:   Traditional Textiles of Bangladesh  focusing on design motifs of Dhakai Jamdani) with multimedia presentation as a guest lecturer at Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketon, West Bengal, India in September 2012.
  13.  Lecture and discussion on the Tendency of Modern Art in Bangladesh organized by Porapara Space for Artists at Chittagong, Bangladesh in 2010

Teaching Experiences

  • Teachers’ Development Institute, Dhaka (2009-2014)
  • The British School in Dhaka (2003-2006)
  • Subarna Bijoy Ltd.(1999-2001)
  • Dhanmondi Art School(1997-1998)
  • Tonal Art School(1996-1997)

Workshops (conducted)

  • 3rd Regional Art Workshop at Silchar, Assam, India organized by Shilpangan in Cooperation with ACRDS, January 2014
  • “Kushtia 2012” three days long art workshop for young artists on documentation of history and tradition of Kushtia, organized by Kushtia Art Festival Committee, 2012
  • Two days long workshop on creative art and literature  held at  Sirajganj and Brammanbariya respectively organized by Room to Read Bangladesh in 2011


  • Workshop on art and education  for working street children organized by TDI, Dhaka 2010
  • Workshop  on Art and Education for children and adolescents  organized by Pratiggya Porishad, Cumilla  in 2010
  • Art for life,  a series of art workshops for unprivileged young artists of Sunamganj District, organized by ARSHI-CARE, Bangladesh held at Sunamganj, Sylhet and Dhaka respectively in 2009-2010

Curatorial Experiences

  • S M Sultan International Art Camp, 2013 in Narail, Bangladesh organized by SM Sultan Art and Crafts Foundation
  • Crack International Young Artists Residency Program 2013 held at Kushtia and Dhaka May-June 2013
  • Collaborative Art Workshop with Cinema Banner Painters and Young Artists from Bangladesh and India at Gallery Jolrong, June 2013
  • Masks of Bangladesh, an workshop and exhibition by traditional and contemporary modern artists of Bangladesh, organized by Gallery Jolrong, Dhaka, 2013
  • Suprobhat Bangladesh, workshop and exhibition on painting and performance art, organized by Gallery Jolrong, Dhaka 2012
  • Native Rhythm (Deshaja Spondon), an exhibition of selected folk based artists of Bangladesh at Gallery Jolrong 2012
  • Kushtia Art Festival 2012, organized by Kushtia Art Festival Committee  in Kushtia 2012
  • Exhibition of Folk artists Sushanta Pal, one of the master artist of traditional Shokher Hadi painting  of Bangladesh,  at Gallery Jolrong, Dhaka 2011
  • Exhibition of selected Bangladeshi Artists titled “ Muktijuddho o Bongobandhu” at Gallery Jolrong, Dhaka 2011
  • Crack International Art Camp at Kushtia, Bangladesh   (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012)

Other Experiences

  • Working experience as Artist/ researcher/ Consultant in various Government and Non-government agencies and  organizations such as:

Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh; British Council, Dhaka;  Grameen Phone, Bangladesh;  British America Tobacco Company Limited, Bangladesh; Asiatic MCL, Dhaka; Head office Communications; CARE Bangladesh, Room to Read, Bangladesh;  UNESCO Dhaka

  • Actively participated in Little Magazine Movement in Bangladesh especially with Kalnetrro(one of the leading  little magazine of that time) and Last Bench 115 (1999-2003)
  • Contributed as a freelance writer in several  nationals  daily newspaper and  magazines on fine arts (such as Daily Prothom Alo, Daily Samakal, Daily Jugantar,  Daily Ittefak, Daily Kaler kantha, Weekly 2000, Weekly Bichittra, art magazine Shilparup, Depart  etc. (1997-2016)
  • Working as a freelance graphic designer since 1997
  • Working as a freelance set designer and decoration planner since 1994
  • Took part in a three month long animation project, 1996.

Personal Details

  • Born                             : October 15,1976; Kushtia, Bangladesh
  • Father’s Name           :  Late Abul Hossain Md. Musa
  • Mother’s Name          : Late  Sahida Musa
  • Nationality                 : Bangladeshi
  • National ID No.         :19762690243844060
  • Passport Number:     :BB0237046
  • Blood group                :  O+

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