Dhaka Art Summit



“I almost gave up reading art writing. I have come to reconsider this through the Summit...”

- Maria Lind, Critic and Artistic Director, Gwanju Biennale 2016 (DAS 2016)


“I thought the Dhaka Art Summit 2016 was a splendid affair of critical clout and great programming. There is literally nothing like it in Asia and I am certain the next one will be an even bigger success.”

- Lucas Huang, The National Gallery, Singapore (DAS 2016)


“The Dhaka Summit proved to be an invaluable interface with a number of key artists, discourses, and histories that suggest the increasingly urgent voice South Asia has in the current global cultural discourse....We look forward to developing many of these conversations as we deepen our engagement in the region.”

- Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of Media and Performance, Museum of Modern Art, New York (DAS 2016)


“I have never experienced something as art focused, open and inclusive as I just did at Dhaka Art Summit. The calibre of the conversations was a rare happening in our region.”

- Dayanita Singh, DAS Solo Project Artist, India (DAS 2016)


“The Dhaka Summit has rapidly become an important focus for artists from South Asia and beyond and this year is attracting widespread International attention.”

- Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, London, UK, On her second trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh (DAS 2016)


“Dhaka art summit has set the gold standard for the visual arts in South Asia”

- Bunty Chand, Director of Asia Society, India (DAS 2016)


What a memorable experience the Dhaka Art Summit and the Samdani Foundation organised. An amazing attendance of artists, curators, art professionals and collectors and the challenging and thought provoking panel discussions enabled meetings of people, intensive exchange and an insight not only into how art is integrating in Dhaka and Bangladesh but all of South Asia.

- Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (DAS 2014)


I leave Dhaka, carrying with me a whole lot of generative ideas, great thoughts and memories.I feel what I witnessed is truly historic and will be discussed as a key transformative catalyst for the entire region in the many years to come. Congratulations to Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani and Diana Campbell Betancourt on this whole-hearted visionary effort.

- Internationally renowned artist and curator of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014, Jitish Kallat (DAS 2014)


I heard over and over that Dhaka Art Summit had managed the complicated and sometimes impossible by bringing together artists, thinkers and curators from South Asia, providing a meeting place and a discursive space which is really to be applauded. The entire event was outstandingly well organised and installed. It was really exceptional to have the live encounter with Nikhil Chopra's performance and without doubt it was the presence of works like his, Shilpa Gupta, Naeem Mohaiemen, Rashid Rana and Mithu Sen, among others, who made work specially for the event, that brought a unique aspect to Dhaka Art Summit.

- Jessica Morgan, The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, Tate Modern (DAS 2014)


The Summit was a surprisingly personal, low key and highly focused gathering of many amazing individuals from several countries in South Asia. A variety of experiences brought under one roof was what I really appreciated as it exceeded the usual monoforms of a "biennial", "art fair", "conference" etc., offering instead a holistic experience of being with the artists, seeing their work and discussing it on the spot. Unpretentious and intelligently designed in skillful hands of the Artistic Director Diana Campbell Betancourt, the Summit felt like it was a labour of love and not a dull cultural marketing exercise.

- Adam Szymczyk, Artistic Director, Documenta 14 (DAS 2014)


The care, curiosity, and passionate engagement of local visitors was one of the reasons for the incredible success of the Dhaka Art Summit. The Summit's platform as a liaison between the art and the local community and its role as a facilitator in the South Asian context generated a spirit of generosity and openness which was both refreshing and inspiring.

- Internationally acclaimed artist, Shahzia Sikander (DAS 2014)