Dhaka Art Summit

Bearing Points


CURATEd BY Diana Campbell Betancourt


DAS 2018 puts Bangladesh at the centre of its own cartography rather than at the periphery of someone else’s, recalibrating how we think about art in South Asia by focusing on the increased inclusion of minority positions and conflicted terrains. This will allow visitors to reconsider the diversity found in the region beyond national narratives, and to begin to navigate South Asia as a long-standing zone of global contact. To this end, the Solo Projects section of the Dhaka Art Summit will be replaced with Bearing Points. This new initiative will comprise large-scale thematic presentations from artists and architects, orienting the viewer towards lesser explored transcultural histories of the region, curated by DAS Chief Curator Diana Campbell Betancourt, and weaving together strands of thought from the nine other guest curated exhibitions in the Summit.

The first Bearing Point considers the role of exile in shaping regional identity, taking inspiration from South Asian poets such as Agha Shahid Ali and the Migrant Bengali Poets society in Singapore. Raqib Shaw’s project that will be a part of this Bearing Point opens first in Manchester in an exhibition at the Whitworth on June 23, 2017, co-curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt and incoming Tate Director ,Maria Balshaw, as part of the New North New South network. There will be further co-curated and co-commissioned projects within Bearing Points. 

Andrew Ananda Voogel
Anoka Faruqee
Amin Taasha
Ayesha Jatoi
Charles Lim Yi Yong
Gan Chin Lee
Gauri Gill
Hitman Gurung
Ho Tzu Nyen
Htein Lin
Jakkai Siributr
Joydeb Roaja
Kamruzzaman Shahdin
Kanak Chanpa Chakma
Khadim Ali
Liu Xiaodong
Lucy Raven
Minam Apang
Munem Wasif
Nabil Rahman
Neha Choksi
Nilima Sheikh
Omer Wasim and Saira Sheikh
Otolith Group (Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar)
Pablo Bartholomew
Prabhakar Pachpute
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran
Randhir Singh and Seher Shah
Rasheed Araeen
Raqib Shaw
Tajul Islam,
Syed Enayet Hossain,
Abul Mansur,
Chandra Shekhar Dey and
Mohammad Shawkat Haider
Shahid Sajjad
Soe Yu Nwe
Sonia Jabbar
Subas Tamang
Ursula Biemann
Veer Munshi
Yasmin Jahan Nupur
Yona Friedman
Zihan Karim
Zuleikha Chaudhari