For the first time DAS will launch a closing “Scholars’ Weekend” from February 8th-10th featuring two concentrated symposiums, the first devoted to the work and legacy of Colombo-born art historian Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, organised by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa (Senior Curator, National Gallery of Singapore). The second, titled "Displays of Internationalism: Asia Interfacing With The World Through Exhibitions, 1947-1989," organised by Amara Antilla (Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York), will analyse the history of Asian art exhibitions. A closing panel, held in collaboration with The Exhibitionist, will bring together critics from across South Asia to consider and chronicle the last five years of biennales and other recurring exhibitions within the region.
“Sovereign Words” is a new iteration of the Critical Writing Ensembles, which launched at DAS 2016. The result of a residency in Bangladesh involving a workshop focused on indigenous methodologies, this edition is characterized by the commissioning and ensuing public discourse related to critical writing during the DAS 2018, as well as its subsequent publication.