Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka Art Summit

Dhaka Art Summit

2nd edition brings international focus to South Asian contemporary art practices bringing together over 250 established and emerging South Asian artists from around the world for a not-for-profit three day festival celebrating the best of the region's ar

The 2nd edition of the Dhaka Art Summit will take place from 7th -9th February 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy expanding over an area of 120,000 sq. ft. Organized by the Samdani Art Foundation in collaboration with Bangladesh National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, this pioneering platform is the first of its kind for Bangladesh and a dedicated sole largest platform for South Asian art globally. The Summit is a non-profit initiative and an alternative to the art fair model, inviting the best artists and galleries from the region to exhibit free to the public. The 1st Edition of the Dhaka Art Summit was a ground-breaking initiative, which showcased more than 240 artists, and provided unprecedented access for international museums and collectors to discover Bangladeshi artists, and the 4 day event was visited by over 50,000 visitors.
The 2nd edition brings an international focus to South Asian contemporary art practices. This unique non-commercial summit brings together over 250 established and emerging South Asian artists. The expanded programme includes exciting presentations and several new commissions by artists of international critical acclaim including: Jitish Kallat, Shilpa Gupta, Rashid Rana, Shahzia Sikander, Mithu Sen, Naeem Mohaiemen, Tayeba Begum Lipi, and many more. The programme will explore regional and international curatorial perspectives on South Asian art.
Curatorial interventions are a major part of the 2nd Dhaka Art Summit and 6 curated exhibitions at the Shilpakala Academy will focus on cutting edge practices, and showcase artists from the region. An exhibition of Bangladeshi Contemporary art, including some of the most exciting emerging artists, will be curated by Paris based Curator, Deepak Ananth. A ground breaking public art project using hundreds of road signs and billboards conceived by the globally acclaimed Raqs Media Collective and curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt will challenge notions of time and space across the city of Dhaka. Under Campbell Betancourt's direction, 12 Solo Projects will present in depth perspectives to the work of some of the most visible artists from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Afghanistan, most of which are large scale new commissions supported by the Samdani Art Foundation. The Summit will also present performances and experimental film screenings by artists from the South Asian region, curated by Mahbubur Rahman, the Founder of Britto Arts Trust. Italian Curator Rosa Maria Falvo will present an exhibition of Bangladeshi photography. Md. Muniruzzaman, a renowned gallerist and curator and the founder of Gallery Chitrak, will curate a show with Bangladesh established artists. Indian Curator Veerangana Solanki will curate a show with Indian Contemporary artists and Pakistani curator Ambereen Karamat will curate a show with Pakistani Contemporary artists. Curator Shehzad Chowdhury will curate a show with Bangladeshi 'mainstream' artists and 'outsider' artists to create a dialogue between "common people of Bangladesh" and the "art practitioners" of Bangladesh. The 2nd edition of Dhaka Art Summit will also include a panel of talks focused on the development of South Asian art as well as its representation in museums around the world, presentations by over 30 invited galleries from the region, and a city wide programme of collateral events. Please visit www.dhakaartsummit.org for details of the updated programme.
The Organizer, Samdani Art Foundation, will also present an exhibition of 10 shortlisted artists for Samdani Art Award during Dhaka Art Summit in partnership with UK based Delfina Foundation, an international organization dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange with a special focus on international collaborations with the greater Middle East, North Africa , and South Asia including Samdani Art Foundation from Bangladesh.
The Dhaka Art Summit is supported and organized by the Samdani Art foundation as part of its commitment to creating awareness about Bangladeshi & South Asian art globally. The main Partner for the 2nd edition would be Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and the Co- Partners are British Council, Goethe Institute, Alliance Francaise, Inditex Chair of Spanish Language and Culture and Britto Arts Trust.

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