Dhaka Art Summit
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Overview

 
 

An international non-commercial research and exhibition platform for art and architecture related to South Asia, the Dhaka Art Summit seeks to re-examine how we think about these art forms in a regional and wider context, with a focus on Bangladesh.

 

An international non-commercial research and exhibition platform for art and architecture related to South Asia, the Dhaka Art Summit seeks to re-examine how we think about these art forms in a regional and wider context, with a focus on Bangladesh. Founded in 2012 by the Samdani Art Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, People’s Republic of Bangladesh the Summit is hosted every two years at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.  

Rejecting the traditional biennale format, the Summit’s interdisciplinary programme concentrates its international reach towards the advancement and promotion of South Asia’s creative communities both past and present. Led by Chief Curator, Diana Campbell Betancourt, local and international guest curators from leading institutions are invited to unlock new areas of inquiry through collaborative group exhibitions, experimental writing initiatives, film and talks schedules, all supported by an ambitious commissions programme. Other initiatives, including the Samdani Art Award for emerging artists and the Samdani Seminars programme which hosts lectures and workshops by international arts professionals express the Summit’s developmental commitment to the local arts community. 

Free for all and ticketless, the Summit’s 2016 edition drew 138,000 local and 800 international visitors over its four day duration.  The fourth edition of the Dhaka Art Summit will be held from the 2 to 10 February 2018, extending its duration to nine days.