Dhaka to Host Bangladesh’s First Art Summit

Dhaka to Host Bangladesh’s First Art Summit
Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani, co-founders of the Samdani Art Foundation
(Samdani Art Foundation)

There’s more reason for Indian art enthusiasts to visit Dhaka than the photography festival Chobimela. On April 12, Bangladesh’s capital will host the country’s first and largest art event—the Dhaka Art Summit.

The four-day long summit hopes to create a platform for artists and galleries from Bangladesh to host their works. In addition to the wide range of paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, and digital art by over 200 artists that will be on display, the summit will also host talks, seminars, and symposiums. In addition, three major public exhibitions have been planned which will be curated by Bangladeshi artists and curators, including the Britto Arts trust, an independent artists’ group which was responsible for the country’s first national pavilion at the 53rd Venice Art Biennale in 2009.

Conceived by the Samdani Art Foundation, a not-for-profit arts funding and development organization in collaboration with the Bangladesh National Museum and the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the country’s national fine and performing arts school, and sponsored by American Express, the summit is possibly the biggest large-scale public showcase of contemporary Bangladeshi art and the first to come out of public-private collaboration.

“In keeping with the foundation’s long-term commitment to developing infrastructure for art in Bangladesh, the Dhaka Art Summit is focused on increasing public awareness about art within Bangladesh,”Nadia Samdani, co-founder and Director of Samdani, said in the release announcing the fair. “It is also an initiative to increase dialogue between art communities in the region, and access to South Asian art internationally.”

Another highlight is the Samdani Artist Development Award and the Samdani Young Talent award which will be selected by an international panel of judges during the summit.

Following the Dhaka Art Summit, the Samdani Art Foundation hopes to take an exhibition of South Asian Art to New Delhi and London.