The Dhaka Art Summit 2016 will take place from February 5 to 8; the summit is a pioneering research and exhibition platform for South Asian art that brings together artists, curators, museums, scholars, and visitors from across Bangladesh and the world to discover institutional quality works in a non-commercial environment. The 2014 edition welcomed over 70,000 visitors over three days and registered as one of the most important events in the South Asia region. Projects from the 2014 Dhaka Art Summit have since traveled to the Berlin Biennale, the Queens Museum, NYU Abu Dhabi, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and the Kunsthalle Basel.
Building on the Summit’s identity as a research platform, the third edition will include a non-commercial Rewind section, highlighting practices of South Asian artists active before 1980. This section will replace the galleries segment of the prior editions. The Samdani Art Foundation is also partnering with Asia Art Archive (AAA): the Summit will include a booth that will share materials to support the development of scholarship on recent art from Bangladesh, and present the first stage of a planned bibliography of Bengali language writing on art. The Summit will also feature a new section of Critical Writing Ensembles developed in collaboration with Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) which will provide a platform to explore forms of experimental writing in South Asia. Book-making will also be a feature of the Summit in collaboration with BOOK MACHINE powered by onestar press.
Following the critical acclaim of the 2014 program, the Samdani Art Foundation is pleased to welcome the 2016 Artistic Team appointed by the foundation’s Artistic Director, Diana Campbell Betancourt, who will again curate the Solo Projects and Public Art Project and the Talks Programme. Nada Raza will pose an inter-generational conversation between artistic responses to the limits, potential, and elasticity of language. Fort William College, the Progressive Writers Movement, and the possibility of a visual espertanto informs her work. Shanay Jhaveri will curate a Film Programme that will engage ideas about location and cross-cultural experience. A documentary by Merchant Ivory on the writer Nirad Chaudhari will form the cornerstone for the programme. Nikhil Chopra andMadhavi Gore will curate the Performance Programme and conduct educational workshops with Bangladeshi performance artists along with artist Jana Prepeluh, and Aurelien Lemonier will curate an exhibition on Bangladeshi Architecture as part of a wider research project for the Centre Pompidou. The Summit will also include an exhibition of Bangladeshi art curated by Mohammad Muniruzzaman. The exhibition is produced by Mohammad Wahiduzzaman (Operations Director, Samdani Art Foundation) and Eve Lemesle (Associate Producer, Samdani Art Foundation and Founder of What About Art?).
The Samdani Art Foundation has again partnered with the Delfina Foundation to award an outstanding young Bangladeshi artist the opprtunity to attend a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation in London as part of the bi-annual Samdani Art Award. Ten finalists will be selected from an open call for applications, and their work will be exhibited in a show curated by Daniel Baumann (Director, Kunsthalle Zurich) in collaboration with ProHelvetia-Swiss Arts Council. Baumann will be assisted by Bangladeshi curators who he will mentor. The jury panel for the award is comprised of Caroline Bourgeois (Curator, Pinault Collection), Cosmin Costinas (Director, Para/Site), Catherine David (Deputy Director, Centre Pompidou), Beatrix Ruf (Director, Stedelijk Museum), and chaired by Aaron Cezar (Director, Delfina Foundation).
- Dhaka Art Summit 2014
- Dhaka Art Summit 2014