Thursday, February 21, 2019 | ePaper

Dismantles British Imperialism

  • Print


(fig 3) Reverberation, Firoz Mahmud

Contd from page 4 :
In (fig 7), Firoz depicts a female figure within finitely long hair which is strangling a white man like a venomous serpent, demonstrating the potential of the threat Indian women posed to British imperial power. This image contrasts with the depiction of women in colonial India by English landscape artist William Danielle.
In Hindu Female (fig 6), the woman is portrayed from behind carrying three pots of water on her head. The woman looks seductive. Her body is curvaceous, and her taut breasts and buttocks are exposed. In TheIndian Fruit Selle, the woman appears docile and fragile with her downcast gaze, but her breasts have been emphasized. Such asensuous exhibition of Indian women adheres to the representation of eastern female in colonial discourse, as a figure who is eroticized for the pleasure of white men, as stated by historian Rachel Ama Assa Engmann “the colonies were marketedby colonial elites as a place where colonizingmen could indulgetheir sexual fantasies.”
In Firoz’s work, the woman’s mass ofwavy hair predominates the scene, making her body appear inconspicuous in order to repel British colonial male’s voyeurism.
Firoz Mahmud’s Reverberation seems to challenge Western texts’ creation of stereotypical images of the east as irrational, backward, inferior, depraved and aberrant. Wherethe west was stereotyped in Western literature and art as rational, superior and virtuous. Firoz has used historical figures from the colonial British East India Company and the British Rajera and juxtaposed them against Nawabs and soldiers of India. The juxtaposition of west and east creates a visual equivalence demonstrated byposture, gesticulation and color. In some of the images the Indian soldier is portrayed authoritatively in relation to the colonizer, threateningthe image of western imperialism. Oriental women were represented as oppressed, submissive, voiceless and seductive, but Firoz has depicted a desexualized body of Indian women strangling the colonizer with her hair. Firoz Mahmud’s Reverberation echoes Edward Said's groundbreaking text Orientalism, in which he criticized Western texts for constructing the stereotypical images of the Orient as exotic and inferior. Firoz’s work represents Said’s words in artistic form. n
(Selima Quader Chowdhury is Sr Lecturer at University
of Liberal Arts Bangladesh)
Bibliography
Journals
Ranjan, Priyanash. (2015) “Edward Said’s Orientalism: A Post-Colonial Culture Study” Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Vol 20 Issue 9, Ver II (Sept 2015), pp 85-88.
Liddle, Joanna and Rama Joshi. (1985) “Gender and Imperialism in British India” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 20, No 43 (Oct 26, 1985), pp. WS72-WS78
Engmann, Rachel AmaAssa. ”Under Imperial Eyes.Black Bodies, Buttocks, and Breasts: British Colonial Photography and Asante Fetish Girls” African Arts, Vol 45 No 2 (Summer 2012), pp 46-57

More News For this Category

Prokriti Mela   in capital

Prokriti Mela in capital

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :ith the aim to create public awareness on the various elements of environment and nature among the people, Channel i, in association with Prokriti O Jibon

Stop asking a woman when she  will become a mother

Stop asking a woman when she will become a mother

Weekend Plus Desk :ome women can choose not to have kids. Other women cannot have kids even if they want to.  â€œWhen are you going to have a baby?”

A Western diet high in fat and sugar can pack on the pounds. But it can also put someone at greater risk of developing severe  sepsis, according to a study by a Portland State University researcher

A Western diet high in fat and sugar can pack on the pounds. But it can also put someone at greater risk of developing severe sepsis, according to a study by a Portland State University researcher

.

Western diet may up severe sepsis risk

Western diet may up severe sepsis risk

Weekend Plus Desk :estern diet high in fat and sugar can put a person at increased risk of developing severe sepsis - one of the most common causes of

Book Review

Book Review

Ontorer Ontoraler Ponktimala(Verses from Inner of the heart)byMahmuda Dewan[Publisher: Sayeed Ahmed Anis, Kalantor Prokashoni, C/31, Zakir Hossain Road, Block-E Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207. Published on 9th Falgun 1424/21st February 2018. Cover

Novelist Syed Muztaba Ali

Novelist Syed Muztaba Ali

Nurur Rahman Khan :yed Muztaba Ali, (1904-1974), was an educationist, novelist and short story writer. He was born on 13 September 1904 at his father’s workplace in Karimganj, Sylhet.

Writer and preacher Shaikh Jamiruddin

Muhammad Shamsul Alam :haikh Jamiruddin, (1870-1937) writer and Islamic preacher, was born on 28th January 1870 at Garadobe Bahadurpur village in Gangni Upazila in Meherpur district. While studying at

Litterateur Kazi Akram Hossain

Badiuzzaman :azi Akram Hossain, (1896-1963) educationist and litterateur, was born in the village of Paigram in Kasba. He took MA in English (1920) from Presidency College, Kolkata. While still

My brothers’ blood spattered 21 February

My brothers’ blood spattered 21 February

Literature Desk :amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano (My brothers' blood Spattered) is a Bengali song written by Abdul Gaffar Choudhury to mark the Bengali Language Movement in 1952 East Pakistan.

Teach  children 21st  century skills  early in life

Teach children 21st century skills early in life

Duncan Wilson :e often hear the term ‘21st century skills’ in the context of jobs or recruitment. But what exactly are these skills? These are competencies that often help