Dhaka Art Summit

DAS 2018 - coming soon


The fourth edition of the Dhaka Art Summit, which will be held from February 2 to 10, 2018, at its traditional venue, the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, People’s Republic of Bangladesh.  

The Summit will now extend its duration of exhibitions and programming to nine days, and will, for the first time, widen its focus to include connections to Southeast Asia. The Summit’s highly anticipated opening and closing weekends will bookend a richly curated extended week of exhibitions, performances, symposiums and events highlighting the dynamic evolution of art in contemporary South Asia. Seeking to revive historical inter-Asian modes of exchange, over three hundred artists will be exhibited in ten curated exhibitions, and over one hundred and twenty speakers from all over the world will participate in sixteen panel discussions and two symposiums that strive to ground future developments of art in South Asia within the region’s rich, yet lesser-known, past.

For the first time, DAS 2018 will feature both an Opening Celebration Weekend (February 2–4) and a closing Scholars’ Weekend (February 8–10), with several tiers of new programming slated for both. The opening weekend will include the announcement of the Samdani Art Award winner, presented by incoming Director of Tate, Dr. Maria Balshaw. Under the curatorial direction of Simon Castets (Director, Swiss Institute, New York), the shortlisted artists’ work for the Samdani Art Award—Bangladesh's premier art award—will be juried by artists Sheela Gowda, Runa Islam, Subodh Gupta and Mona Hatoum, and chaired by Aaron Cezar (Director, Delfina Foundation).

Throughout the week, a new film and event performance program will feature outdoor nightly film screenings, and a highly anticipated staging of the 8th edition of the Volcano Extravaganza—held for the first time offsite from Stromboli, and featuring the work of longtime artist collaborator Runa Islam. The inclusion of performance and the historical imperative of the performing arts festival both hold particular prominence at DAS 2018, highlighted by a contemporary exploration of Iran’s radical Festival of Art, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77).

The Closing Weekend will feature 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), and will analyze 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.

The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy is located at
14/3 Segunbagicha, Segun Bagicha Rd, Dhaka, Bangladesh

More information and details on DAS 2018 can be downloaded here.


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