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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 | Pioneer

Through discussions and curated programmes, the forthcoming edition of Dhaka Art Summit will feature developments in South Asian art practices

The second edition of the Dhaka Art Summit will take place from February 7-9, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh at Shilpakala Academy (the National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Bangladesh). It is organised by the Samdani Art Foundation in collaboration with Bangladesh’s National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. The Dhaka Art Summit is a non-profit initiative and an alternative to the art fair model. It provides an international platform to the artists and galleries from the region to exhibit, and is  open to the public, free of charge. The first edition of the Dhaka Art Summit was a ground-breaking initiative, which showcased more than 240 artists and attracted over 50,000 visitors over four days.

The forthcoming edition brings an international focus to South Asian contemporary art practices, showcasing over 250 established and emerging South Asian artists. The expanded programme includes presentations and several new commissions by artists of international critical acclaim including Jitish Kallat, Shilpa Gupta, Rashid Rana, Shahzia Sikander, Mithu Sen, Naeem Mohaiemen, Tayeba Begum Lipi and many more.

It will also feature several thought-provoking curatorial interventions exploring regional and global perspectives on South Asian art practices. Six curated exhibitions at the Shilpakala Academy will focus on cutting-edge practices. An exhibition of Bangladeshi contemporary art, including some of the most exciting emerging artists, will be curated by Deepak Ananth. A public art project using hundreds of road signs and billboards conceived by the globally acclaimed Raqs Media Collective will challenge notions of time and space across the city of Dhaka. Diana Campbell Betancourt will curate the public art projects and Solo Projects at the Dhaka Art Summit. Twelve solo projects will present in-depth perspectives to the work of some of the leading artists from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Afghanistan, most of which are large scale new commissions supported by the Samdani Art Foundation. The Dhaka Art Summit will also present performances and experimental film screenings by artists from the South Asian region, curated by Mahbubur Rahman, the founder of Britto Arts Trust. Rosa Maria Falvo will curate an exhibition of Bangladeshi photography. Other curated exhibitions will include established and emerging artists from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The second edition will also include talks focussed on the development of South Asian art and its representation in museums around the world, presentations by over 30 invited galleries from the region, and a city wide programme of collateral events.

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