XECON UDDIN (BD/FR)
Born in Bangladesh and based in France, Xecon Uddin mainly works with graphic prints and experiments with other media such as photography. In his artworks he explores memories, dreams and identity especially in relation to his status as refugee and queer artist.
Uddin mainly creates figurative artworks which often depict humans’ hybrids combined with natural elements. His fantastic surrealist artworks convey his exploration of dreams and memories as well as the layered nature of identity.
These three themes are interwoven by his experience as a political LGBTQI refugee and the reminiscence of Bangladesh and Uddin’s cultural roots. He mainly creates graphic prints and lithography is among its favourite medium which he used in the series Back to the Roots.
These artworks as well as series Souvenirs d’Enfance (meaning ‘Childhood Memories’) explore childhood dreams. The two series appeal to the viewers’ personal childhood, their imaginative dreams and inventions. In each piece, a human figure occupies a bizarre natural landscape. The playful colours used, combined with the surrealist scenes, guides the audience to recall their personal memories.
Trace of Memory still connects to the theme of remembrance but with a more abstract approach as it stands out for the absence of human figures, normally a shared factor by Uddin’s artworks. The body is in fact used by Uddin to explore identity and is identified as a site of expression of social conventions. Since arriving to France Uddin has reflected upon these themes experimenting with photography, technique which he uses in the series Poem of a Queer Soul. His photographs are often self-portraits that integrate natural and surreal elements- common to his prints- and that focus on questions of sexual identity and gender. These artworks explore the relation with physicality and the notion of normality using sensory perceptions and spiritual reflections to draw attention to social, political and cultural issues related to sexual identity.
Back to the Roots Poems of a Queer Soul