A Complete Guide to Dhaka Art Summit 2016

People gathering in front of Thousand Little Brothers v3 (2015) by Hasan Elahi (b. 1972, Bangladesh)
Land of Undefined Territory by Munem Wasif (b. 1983, Bangladesh)
New series of work by Lynda Benglis in 2015
Sandeep Mukherjee, The Sky Remains, 2015-16. The artist described it as not only “site-specific”, but “site-sensitive” by bouncing blue hues to the white wall and surroundings.
Simryn Gill’s Study for Ground, 2016 is a poetic link between art, paper and nature.
Of Body, Armour and Cages (2012-2015) by Shakuntala Kulkarni (b. 1950, India)
Inside the Zone, Outside your Conscience by Ali Asgar (b. 1991, Bangladesh)
Shumon Ahmed (*1977, Dhaka), When Dead Ships Travel 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 9, 158, 150, 15, 20 & 8, 2015, digital print on paper, edition of 5. Courtesy of the artist
Rafigul Shuvo (*1982, Dhaka), Drawing, 2016, charcoal and pencil, site specific, dimension variable. Courtesy of the artist
Rasel Chowdhury (*1988, Jamalpur), Railway Longings, 2011- 2015, Digital print on paper. Courtesy of the artist
Ashit Mitra (*1975, Manikganj), Where there is no title series, 2013 – Ongoing, Zinc plate etching print on paper, unique print edition. Courtesy of the artist
Inner Face (2013-2014) by Gazi Nafis Ahmed (b. 1982, Dhaka)
TOP
4043
140
0
 
5
Feb
5
Feb
ART021 Shanghai 2018

 

All packed in 4 days, the Dhaka Art Summit is an exotic journey filled with solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, talks, performances, film programme, presentations and debates, as well as meetings and encounters that are carefully curated for art professionals and art lovers alike, especially for those who have an interest in South Asian art scene. When facing tight schedule and notorious traffic in Dhaka, it is essential to be more well-equipped before you set foot in the bi-annual gala. CoBo has prepared a handy guide for you after talking to insiders and savouring the preview, first hand.

TEXT: Elise Yau
PHOTO: CoBo Editorial Team

Highlights of the 2016 Edition:

17 Solo projects overseen by artistic director and chief curator Diana Campbell Betancourt, among those 13 new commissions and four works reconfigured within the Bangladeshi context celebrate pluralism and look at the experience of becoming an individual through the fluid continuum between birth and experience, bookended by international names like Lynda Benglis, Tino Sehgal and Simryn Gill, but also prominent artists from the region like Shumon Ahmed, Tun Win Aung and Wah Nu, Waqas Khan, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Prabhavati Meppayil, Haroon Mirza, Amanullah Mojadidi, Sandeep Mukherjee, Po Po, Dayanita Singh, Ayesha Sultana and Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Munem Wasif, and Mustafa Zaman.

Land of Undefined Territory  by Munem Wasif (b. 1983, Bangladesh)
Land of Undefined Territory by Munem Wasif (b. 1983, Bangladesh)
New series of work by Lynda Benglis in 2015
New series of work by Lynda Benglis in 2015
Sandeep Mukherjee, The Sky Remains, 2015-16. The artist described it as not only “site-specific”, but “site-sensitive” by bouncing blue hues to the white wall and surroundings.
Sandeep Mukherjee, The Sky Remains, 2015-16. The artist described it as not only “site-specific”, but “site-sensitive” by bouncing blue hues to the white wall and surroundings.
Simryn Gill’s Study for Ground, 2016 is a poetic link between art, paper and nature.
Simryn Gill’s Study for Ground, 2016 is a poetic link between art, paper and nature.
Of Body, Armour and Cages (2012-2015) by Shakuntala Kulkarni (b. 1950, India)
Of Body, Armour and Cages (2012-2015) by Shakuntala Kulkarni (b. 1950, India)

First time ever, there will be a focus on architecture. Curated by Aurélien Lemonier (Curator of Architecture, Centre Pompidou), the Architecture in Bangladesh features 19 Bangladesh-based architects. The exhibition honours “the humanistic modernity” of Muzharul Islam, key in Louis Kahn’s commission to create the masterpiece National Assembly. By featuring the work of local architects like Marina Tabassum, Raziul Ahsan and Jalal Ahmad, the exhibition reveals their urge to forge an architectural language that responds to the needs of the contemporary world while interpreting local traditions.

To consolidate the research and discussion, a series of presentations and debates are organised under the Critical Writing Ensemble section, curated by Katya García-Antón (Office for Contemporary Art Norway) to promote art criticism in the region by gathering over 20 writers, critics, poets, philosophers and curators. Definitely worth a stop.

Inside the Zone, Outside your Conscience by Ali Asgar (b. 1991, Bangladesh)
Inside the Zone, Outside your Conscience by Ali Asgar (b. 1991, Bangladesh)

Stars of the show :

Young talents from the Samdani Art Award

The Samdani Art Foundation has again partnered with the Delfina Foundation to award an outstanding young Bangladeshi artist the opportunity to attend a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation in London as part of the bi-annual Samdani Art Award. Curator Daniel Baumann (Director, Kunsthalle Zurich) has selected 13 talented artists from a pool of over 300 applicants. The finalists of the Samdani Art Award are Ashit Mitra, Atish Saha, Farzana Ahmed Urmi, Gazi Nafis Ahmed, Muhammad Rafiqul Islam Shuvo, Palash Battacharjee, Rasel Chowdhury, Rupam Roy, Salma Abedin Prithi, Samsul Alam Helal, Shimul Saha, Shumon Ahmed and Zihan Karim.

Shumon Ahmed (*1977, Dhaka), When Dead Ships Travel 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 9, 158, 150, 15, 20 & 8, 2015, digital print on paper, edition of 5. Courtesy of the artist
Shumon Ahmed (*1977, Dhaka), When Dead Ships Travel 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 9, 158, 150, 15, 20 & 8, 2015, digital print on paper, edition of 5. Courtesy of the artist
Rafigul Shuvo (*1982, Dhaka), Drawing, 2016, charcoal and pencil, site specific, dimension variable. Courtesy of the artist
Rafigul Shuvo (*1982, Dhaka), Drawing, 2016, charcoal and pencil, site specific, dimension variable. Courtesy of the artist

 

Rasel Chowdhury (*1988, Jamalpur), Railway Longings, 2011- 2015, Digital print on paper. Courtesy of the artist
Rasel Chowdhury (*1988, Jamalpur), Railway Longings, 2011- 2015, Digital print on paper. Courtesy of the artist

 

Ashit Mitra (*1975, Manikganj), Where there is no title series, 2013 - Ongoing, Zinc plate etching print on paper, unique print edition. Courtesy of the artist
Ashit Mitra (*1975, Manikganj), Where there is no title series, 2013 – Ongoing, Zinc plate etching print on paper, unique print edition. Courtesy of the artist

 

Inner Face (2013-2014) by Gazi Nafis Ahmed (b. 1982, Dhaka)
Inner Face (2013-2014) by Gazi Nafis Ahmed (b. 1982, Dhaka)

 

When and where:

Dhaka Art Summit 2016
5-8 Feb 2016, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy

More info:
Dhaka Art Summit 2016 

 


Elise YAU (Editor of CoBo)
Elise YAU is an editor and journalist specialises in design, lifestyle and luxury topics. She has written extensively for Ming Pao Weekly, City Magazine and HK01, and she is the author of book projects regarding design, architecture and Hong Kong culture. Elise is currently based in Hong Kong, immersing the art world after joining CoBo, the first Asia community platform for collectors.

eliseyau@cobosocial.com

 
Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply