Dhaka Art Summit Expands Programme

BY Katrina Kufer / Nov 20 2017 / 13:35 PM

The fourth edition dated 2-10 February 2018 will see the South Asian art event draw forth the heavy-hitters

Dhaka Art Summit Expands Programme
Photography by Noor Photoface
Solo Projects, Haroon Mirza. Installation view of The National Apavilion of Then and Now. 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery, London. Photo courtesy of the Dhaka Art Summit and Samdani Art Foundation

Following Dhaka Art Summit founders Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani’s reception of the Mont Blanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award for their efforts in promoting the Bangladeshi art scene through their Samdani Art Foundation, it has been announced that the art summit will be extending its programme.

In addition to tacking on five extra days for the non-commercial research and exhibition platform to make it a nine-day event, it will feature a special section co-curated by Maria Balshaw, director of the Tate in London, workshops guided by Superflex and Raqs Media Collective, among others, and new commissions by artists such as Rasheed Araeen, Sheela Gowda, Zihan Karim and Reetu Sattar, who will be presenting a musical performance co-commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial.

The 10 curated sections of Dhaka Art Summit will also see works by artists such as Goshka Macuga, Hassan Khan and Silas Reiner, who will take part in an exhibition stemming from the utopian ideals offered at the 1966 Shiraz-Persepolis Festival of Arts prior to its closing during the Iranian Revolution.

Located at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the 300 participating artists fall under the curatorial vision of Diana Campbell Betancourt, artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation, with Simon Castets, Swiss Institute, overseeing the panel for the Samdani Art Award, which is set to include Mona Hatoum, Sheela Gowda, Subodh Gupta and Runa Islam.