Dhaka Art Summit

Samdani Art Award


CURATEd BY Simon Castets


While the Dhaka Art Summit 2018 (DAS 2018) will direct considerable energy toward looking back into the exhibition history in South Asia, it is primarily a forward-facing initiative, generating possibilities for artists living and working in Bangladesh today. Continuing its collaboration with the Delfina Foundation, the Samdani Art Award 2018 will deepen its support of emerging Bangladeshi artists under the curatorial direction of Simon Castets (Director, Swiss Institute, New York). 

“It is a tremendous honour to be working on the Samdani Art Award with the Summit's wonderful team. I had the privilege of meeting over 20 artists while in Dhaka, thanks to Aaron's thoughtful pre-selection. The quality, scope and urgency of most works made task of curating a group of eleven positions to articulate in the group exhibition exceptionally challenging. While no sweeping curatorial statement would do justice to the breadth of artistic endeavours at play, it can be said that all undertake careful examinations of their respective contexts through poignant vocabularies. They are as many reminders of the importance of the Samdani Art Foundation's efforts in fostering awareness of Bangladeshi artists. –Simon Castets

The eleven short-listed artists who will present newly commissioned work at the DAS 2018 are: Ahmed Rasel (b.1988, Barishal), Aprita Singh Lopa (b. 1986, Kishoreganj), Asfika Rahman (b. 1988, Dhaka), Debasish Shom (b. 1979, Bagerhat), Marzia Farhana (b. 1985, Dhaka), Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury (b. 1981, Noakhali), Opper Zaman (b. 1995, Dhaka), Palash Bhattacharjee (b. 1983, Chittagong), Rakib Ahmed (b. 1988, Netrakona), Reetu Sattar (b. 1981, Dhaka), and Shikh Sabbir Alam (b. 1982, Kushtia).

During DAS 2018, the award will be presented by Tate's Director, Dr. Maria Balshaw, selected by a jury chaired by Delfina Foundation's Director Aaron Cezar and comprised of artists Sheela Gowda, Runa Islam, Subodh Gupta, and Mona Hatoum. In association with the Liverpool Biennial, each of the shortlist artists will receive curatorial mentoring support from the New North and South network with Alexie Glass-Kantor, Anita Dube, Ashira Thompson, Kitty Scott, Michelle Newton, Natasha Howes, Polly Brannon, Poppy Bowers and Sally Tallant as the 2018 mentors. The winner receives an all-expenses paid, six-week residency at the Delfina Foundation in London, supported by the Samdani Art Foundation.

Ahmed Rasel
Aprita Singh Lopa
Asfika Rahman
Debasish Shom
Marzia Farhana
Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury
Opper Zaman
Palash Bhattacharjee
Rakib Ahmed
Reetu Sattar
Shikh Sabbir Alam


Alexie Glass Kantor

Anita Dube

Ashira Thompson

Ben Roberts

Kitty Scott

Michelle Newton

Natasha Howes

Polly Brannon

Poppy Bowers

Sally Tallant

Tarun Nagesh





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