Firoz Mahmud (b. Khulna) was based in Tokyo and now in New York. He was at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, did MFA from Tama Art University, PhD on Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Tokyo, Japan. He works on installation, photography, painting and mixed media.
I used to live across from McDonalds with my mom & one of her much older boyfriends (Perry? Jerry? idk). They were always at the “opera,” so I spent a lot of time home alone with my Easy-Bake Oven. For my twelfth birthday, my mom gave me a child-sized mop & bucket, with which I entertained myself endlessly, along with hula-hooping. This intersection of hurt + boredom = ecstatic mopping is more or less the pattern of my life. I’m not sure why I gave up baking, mopping, and hula-hooping for pictures and bad poetry, but I expect most things to return to me when I’m ready.