The fourth edition of the biennial Dhaka Art Summit this year has added an extensive list of panels on topics ranging from transcending the stereotype of Bangladeshi art to advancing non-western narratives.
On the second day of the opening weekend, art historians, architects, and artists came together to speak at the “Transnational art and architecture histories rooted in Bangladesh” panel moderated by Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, Diana Campbell Betancourt.
Presentations revolved around artists and architects who were deeply influenced by cultures around them and how that shaped their work.
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A woman viewing a painting depicting everyday life in Bangladesh at Dhaka Art Summit Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune
Martino Sterli, chief curator of Architecture, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, reflected on Kahn’s absorption of the Bengal landscape and its impact on his architectural thinking. Serli shared the following quote from Kahn: “I have chosen to distinguish the national assembly from its surroundings by an introduction of a lake because it is a delta country.”
There were also discussions on famed Architect Muzharul Islam, Sculptor Novera Ahmed, Pakistani Sculptor Shahid Sajjad, award winning artist Mohammad Kibria and Philippino artist Pacita Abad.
Pacita Abad’s husband Jack Garrity described how their stay in Bangladesh in the late seventies greatly influenced her work while Mohammad Kibria’s son, Juneer Kibria spoke about his father’s atmospheric art and love of jazz, which he discovered in Tokyo. Art Historian Mustafa Zaman, Architect Nurur Khan, and Artist Maria Lookman also spoke at the panel.