Dhaka Art Summit: Seismic Movements

February 7, 2020

The 5th edition of “Dhaka Art Summit: Seismic Movements” (DAS 2020) is underway at the National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).

The summit this year poses an over-arching question as its underlying theme: What is a movement and how do we ignite one beyond the confines of an art exhibition?

Bringing together a critical mass of artists, thinkers and participants, DAS 2020 invite a reconsideration of (art) histories, movement, borders and fault lines. From 7–15 February 2020, Dhaka, Bangladesh has become the epicentre of a radical upheaval of how we think about art, instigated by intellectual and curatorial contributions, spanning four floors of the Shilpakala Academy. Through alliances across Africa, Australia, South and Southeast Asia (and also extending into Europe and the US) this event is free to the public and includes contributions by 500 artists, scholars, curators and thinkers, in the form of panel discussions, performances and symposia.

Artists participating in this 5th edition include Korakrit Arunanondchai, William Forsythe, Bharti Kher, Haroon Mirza, Otobong Nkanga, Damián Ortega, Monika Sosnowska, Adrián Villar Rojas to name but a few… and many artist from Bangladesh and the surrounding region.

Diana Campbell Betancourt is artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit 5th edition. The Samdani Art Foundation the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) is an international, non-commercial research and exhibition platform for art and architecture related to South Asia. With a core focus on Bangladesh, DAS re-examines how we think about these forms of art in both a regional and an international context.

Seismic Movements: Dhaka Art Summit 2020
February 7–15, 2020

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
14, 3 Segun Bagicha Road
Dhaka – 1000

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