Dhaka Art Summit

Displays of Internationalism:



CURATEd BY Amara Antilla & Diana Campbell Betancourt


The history of exhibitions has served an important role in art historical and curatorial research. Yet, even as the history of display has generated renewed scholarly interest, a critical reading of the trans-national function of exhibitions, which feature some of the most important non-Western presentations prior to 1989, has yet to be realised. How did exhibition practices create contact points between artists and thinkers from around the world? How were these transcultural networks indicative of larger political, social, and economic interests? How might exhibition histories in Asia expand our thinking about postwar global art histories?

Amara Antilla, Assistant Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director & Chief Curator at the Samdani Art Foundation and the Dhaka Art Summit, invite curators and scholars to this symposium to examine seminal international or regional exhibitions; revisit major biennials and their role as important zones of exchange for artists, thinkers and cultural workers; and engage in self-reflective dialogues to investigate blind spots and methodological problems facing the field.


Atreyee Gupta
Gridthiya Gaweewong
Iftikhar Dadi
Kristine Kouri
Ming Tiampo
Mustafa Shabbir
Patrick D. Flores
Rina Igarashi
Ruxmini Choudhury
Shabbir Hussain Mustafa


8 February 2018, 1pm-5pm, Auditorium

1:00pm: Introduction (Amara Antilla and Diana Campbell Betancourt)
1:15pm – 3pm: Imagining Internationalism (Nancy Adajania, Patrick Flores, Gridthiya Gaweewong; Moderated by Ming Tiampo)
3:30 – 5pm: Asia and the Global South (Iftikhar Dadi; Atreyee Gupta, Rina Igarashi, and Rezaul Karim Sumon; Moderated by Patrick Flores)

Led by professors Iftikhar Dadi and Ming Tiampo as the first in a series of iterative conversations that will culminate in a textbook describing modernism as a global phenomenon, this workshop poses the question: what might the building blocks of this alternative history be? Participants and emerging scholars are invited to share case studies focusing on movements, exhibitions, publications, and institutions that go beyond a Eurocentric narrative and highlight the histories of Asia, or the ways in which artists in Asia intersected with developments elsewhere.