“Dhaka Art Summit”

Rana Begum wins the Abraaj Group Art Prize

Rana Begum, an artist and exhibition curator from Bangladesh, has won the Abraaj Group Art Prize. This $100,000 prize is dedicated to the production of an outstanding project, to be revealed at Art Dubai. Rana Begum has organised monographic exhibitions at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh and the Delfina Foundation in London. Artists Doa Aly (Egypt), Sarah Abu Abdallah (Saudi Arabia) and Raha Raissnia (Iran) have also been awarded $10,000 each as...

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Twelve exhibition curators shortlisted for the Independent Vision Curatorial Award

The Independent Curators International has selected twelve curators to compete for its Independent Vision Curatorial Award. Director of the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, Franklin Sirmans, will personally choose the winner who will receive $3,000 to finance a new exhibition project. In the running are curator and choreographer Rashida Bumbray, independent curator and producer Elise Atangana, as well as Dhaka Art Summit chief curator and artistic director Diana Campbell...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2016

The third edition of the Dhaka Art Summit, the international art fair for south Asian art, is to take place from 5 until 8 February 2016 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Some 200 artists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Nepal have been invited to share their works in a cosmopolitan space. The fair will split up their works thematically, rather than in terms of which nations they represent. The section “Solo projects”, directed by Diana Campbell Betancourt is to host exhibitions of Shumon Ahmed, Lynda Benglis, Dayanita Singh, Simryn Gill, and Haroon Mirza, as well as emerging artists who have become increasingly well known in the region such as Waqas Khan, Ayesha Sultan, Maryam Jafri, and Mustafa Zaman. Guest curators, such as Nada Raza, curatorial assistant at the Tate Modern, will offer to explore certain specific aspects of south Asian creation, whose influence of science fiction and retrofuturism in the region is but an example. A programme of performances, directed by Nikhil Chopra and Madhavi Gore, as well as a section dedicated to contemporary architecture around the figure of Muzharul Islam (1923–2012), directed by Aurélien Lemonier, curator of architecture at the Centre Pompidou. Bringing together artists, museum officials, curators and south Asian experts, this event launched by the Samdani Art Foundation is organised by Diana Campbell Betancourt. She is the artistic director of the festival, and will be directing the international curatorial team composed of experts from institutions such as the Tate Modern, the Centre Pompidou, and the Kunsthalle Zürich, working alongside professionals from the southern Asian...

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A spotlight on Central Asian art in Bangladesh

Dhaka (Bangladesh), 11 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Between 6 and 9 February, the Bengali city of Dhaka welcomed the second edition of the Dhaka Art Summit festival, which highlights artistic creation from the region. The festival was faced with several logistical, economic and political constraints, taking place just a month after contested legislative elections in Bangladesh, which led to widespread protests and friction between the government and the Islamist opposition. Created in 2012 by collectors Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani, the fair was nevertheless a great success, adding to the good results of the first edition, which saw 50,000 visitors pass through its doors. Caroline Bourgeois, from the Pinault Foundation, as well as representatives from the Tate Modern, British Museum and Centre Pompidou, were present at this latest edition of the Dhaka Art Summit. The exhibition curator this year was Diana Campbell Betancourt, artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation. She succeeded in creating a dense overview of the region’s dynamic artistic production, selecting 250 artists from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal. More than 30 local and international galleries and 14 personal projects were on display this year, introducing the public to works by such artists as Asim Waqif, Shilpa Gupta, Linda Abdul and Shazia...

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