Omar is an immigrant from historical Bengal—a vanished, decolonised place. Disoriented by this geographic and temporal fracture he has been making meta-fictional narratives and environments which house tightly-coupled fields of objects, actions and representations. These layered installations are attempts to travel through time and into the identity and memories of others—into what was taken from him.
Recent solo presentations at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Sydney), Bengal Gallery (Dhaka), MOMENTUM (Berlin), India Art Fair (Delhi), Dhaka Art Summit, and screenings at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), La Gaîté lyrique (Paris), Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane) for Asia Pacific Triennial 8. I'm the recent recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, Bengal Foundation Practice Grant, Keir Foundation/4A Commission, Australia Council Skills and Development Grant, and an Australian Cinematographer’s Society Gold Award. My work has been reviewed by The Guardian, Artinfo, Art Australia and other journals and magazines.
Omar lives and works in Rajshahi, Bangladesh and Brussels, Belgium.