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Performance schedule for Dhaka Art Summit

The nine-day event will start from February 3 till the 11th

Update : 03 Feb 2023, 02:16 PM

Daily (Feb 3-11):

Throughout the day - AHMET OGUT, BALANCED PROTEST POSTERS, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Latbian Center for Contemporary Art with support of SAHA and Goethe Institut Bangladesh

Performers tower over the public walking on bamboo stilts that are both support structures and also protest banners highlighting difficult-to-find products and materials in Bangladesh, a precious balancing act inviting us to consider what we might take for granted as we exert ourselves in the world.

All Day - AFRAH SHAFIQ, WHERE DO THE ANTS GO? 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation with support of To Gather, Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

Audiences can enter a large-scale sculpture of an anthill to interact with a digital colony of ants that “live” within an immersive video game inside. Using real time inputs, “players” within the anthill make choices that affect the behavior of the individual ants and the collective outcome of the colony that functions in sync with emotions expressed via a custom data collection exercise in Bangladesh in the lead-up to the summit.

Feb 3-5, 10 & 11 (10am - 1pm) - BISHWAJIT GOSWAMI, REETU, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

This mural and participatory installation draws parallels between seasons of human and non-human life, drawing emotions out of visitors in a way that they are publicly visible like flowers in Spring.

All Day - ROMAN ONDAK, MEASURING THE UNIVERSE, 2007/2023


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From the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

For the whole duration of the exhibition, gallery attendants offer to the exhibition visitors marking their height on the gallery walls along with their first name and the date on which the measurement was taken.

Every afternoon - ROMAN ONDAK, TEACHING TO WALK, 2002/2023

Courtesy of the artist and Esther Schipper 

A performance in which a mother accompanies her son as he takes his first steps in the gallery.

All Day - CHANGE THE NAME OF DAYS, DAVID HORVITZ, 2021/2023

Poster Edition of Artist Book published by Jean Boîte Éditions & Yvon Lambert

Eleven prompts to imagine the world differently pop up across the heart of Dhaka Art Summit, a selection from David Horvitz's artist book entitled Change the Name of Days, developed with the help of his then 5-year-old daughter. Each prompt provides DAS visitors with an opportunity to develop performative actions, from instructions such as "welcome the night into your house" to “exchange breaths with a plant.” Choose your prompt and perform.

All Day - BELLY OF THE STRANGE, RUPALI GUPTE & PRASAD SHETTY, 2023

Commissioned by Dhaka Art Summit and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

On the Summit's first floor, an immersive, dreamlike bamboo and wood structure looms above the ground on multiple legs, resembling a gaping mouth, a belly, a nest, or a piece of something. Come, inhabit, and perform in the Belly whenever you are passing by.

DAY ONE. FEB 3, FRIDAY

11am-12pm, 4:30-5:30pm - MIET WARLOP, CHANT FOR HOPE, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation in partnership with KANAL - Centre Pompidou, Brussels with support from the Flemish Region of Belgium and EUNIC.

Inspired by the history of the language movement and movement of language in Bangladesh, visitors get swept into the trance conjured by a participatory dancing sculpture which injects energy to propel makers (of history) past exhaustion.

11am-5pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - YASMIN JAHAN NUPUR, HOME, 2022-2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation Kiran Nadar Museum of Art with the support of Bagri Foundation.

This participatory performance invites visitors to rest, connect and build conversations around childhood and memories of places, landscapes, people, objects, stories and feelings lost, disappeared, and accessed. It extends the artist's gestures beyond her own body to intergenerational exchange.

12pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - JOYDEB AND ISHAAN ROAJA, AN IMAGINARY DREAM, 2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art.

Fascinated with crows, seven-year-old Ishaann has a dream. One day all the crows in the city will get angry and return to the deep forest. The city-dwellers will then slowly turn all black like crows, and the crows will return to the world with colorful feathers again. Ishaan, with his father Joydeb, calls upon the colorful crows from his imagination and lays out a feast.

1-3pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - KABIR AHMED MASUM CHISTY, BONNA, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

As Bonna grows, new mythologies around her birth and metamorphoses evolve. Chisty merges the cosmic, the comic and the weather events, embedding Bonna in different registers of the divinatory and the mundane.

3:30pm (Auditorium) - GIDREE BAWLEE FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS X SHWASMUL ARTS, ECHOES, 2022-2023


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Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

This experimental performance is written and acted by teenagers living at the opposite ends of climate extremes in Bangladesh (drought in the North and floods in Sundarbans), drawing us into their experience of the climate crisis and engaging us with their imagination towards a far rural transition, towards a more beautiful future together.

4-5pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - MURARI JHA, RETURNING TO EARTH, A KINDER SEARCH OF HOME, 2022-2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

At a particular hour of the day as the sunlight begins to fade, a crow perches and converses with scattered components of a landscape -- sun, moon, soil, water, mountains, other birds and animals.

6:15 - 6:45pm - LAPDIANG SYIEM, LAITIAM, 2022-2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Art Dubai

This body-based performance explores the Khasi folktale of a stag who climbs up  from the plans of what we know as present-day Bangladesh into the Khasi Hills of Maghalaya to find the wild herb U Jangew Jathang, only to be captured and killed by hunters. His mother also climbs up in search of her son and encounters the kill. She lets out a dirge, a lamentation which, as they say, is a sound that taught the Khasi people how to mourn and grieve.

7pm - SUMAYYA VALLY, THEY WHO BRINGS RAIN BRINGS LIFE, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

To possess the power to command rainfall is by inference possessing the power to dictate the flow of the natural cycle and climatic conditions. Inspired by South African and South Asian (rain)making rituals, performers transform an architectural pavilion each day with water and sound rituals invoking thunder.

DAY TWO. FEB 4, SATURDAY

11:30am-12:30pm, 4:30-5:30pm - MIET WARLOP, CHANT FOR HOPE, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation in partnership with KANAL - Centre Pompidou, Brussels with support from the Flemish Region of Belgium and EUNIC.

Inspired by the history of the language movement and movement of language in Bangladesh, visitors get swept into the trance conjured by a participatory dancing sculpture which injects energy to propel makers (of history) past exhaustion.

5-6:30pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - YASMIN JAHAN NUPUR, HOME, 2022-2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation Kiran Nadar Museum of Art with the support of Bagri Foundation.

This participatory performance invites visitors to rest, connect and build conversations around childhood and memories of places, landscapes, people, objects, stories and feelings lost, disappeared, and accessed. It extends the artist's gestures beyond her own body to intergenerational exchange

12pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - JOYDEB AND ISHAAN ROAJA, AN IMAGINARY DREAM, 2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art.

Fascinated with crows, seven-year-old Ishaann has a dream. One day all the crows in the city will get angry and return to the deep forest. The city-dwellers will then slowly turn all black like crows, and the crows will return to the world with colorful feathers again. Ishaan, with his father Joydeb, calls upon the colorful crows from his imagination and lays out a feast.

4-5pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - MURARI JHA, RETURNING TO EARTH, A KINDER SEARCH OF HOME, 2022-2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art


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At a particular hour of the day as the sunlight begins to fade, a crow perches and converses with scattered components of a landscape -- sun, moon, soil, water, mountains, other birds and animals.

5 - 5:30pm - LAPDIANG SYIEM, LAITIAM, 2022-2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Art Dubai

This body-based performance explores the Khasi folktale of a stag who climbs up  from the plans of what we know as present-day Bangladesh into the Khasi Hills of Maghalaya to find the wild herb U Jangew Jathang, only to be captured and killed by hunters. His mother also climbs up in search of her son and encounters the kill. She lets out a dirge, a lamentation which, as they say, is a sound that taught the Khasi people how to mourn and grieve.

5-7pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - KABIR AHMED MASUM CHISTY, BONNA, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

As Bonna grows, new mythologies around her birth and metamorphoses evolve. Chisty mergers the cosmic, the comic and the weather events, embedding Bonna in different registers of the divinatory and the mundane.

7pm - SUMAYYA VALLY, THEY WHO BRINGS RAIN BRINGS LIFE, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

To possess the power to command rainfall is by inference possessing the power to dictate the flow of the natural cycle and climatic conditions. Inspired by Souther AFrican and South Asian (rain)making rituals, performers transform an architectural pavilion each day with water and sound rituals invoking thunder.

DAY THREE. FEB 5, SUNDAY

11-5pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - YASMIN JAHAN NUPUR, HOME, 2022-2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation Kiran Nadar Museum of Art with the support of Bagri Foundation.

This participatory performance invites visitors to rest, connect and build conversations around childhood and memories of places, landscapes, people, objects, stories and feelings lost, disappeared, and accessed. It extends the artist's gestures beyond her own body to intergenerational exchange

12pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - JOYDEB AND ISHAAN ROAJA, AN IMAGINARY DREAM, 2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art.

Fascinated with crows, seven-year-old Ishaann has a dream. One day all the crows in the city will get angry and return to the deep forest. The city-dwellers will then slowly turn all black like crows, and the crows will return to the world with colorful feathers again. Ishaan, with his father Joydeb, calls upon the colorful crows from his imagination and lays out a feast.

2-5pm (Collateral Offsite Event/ROUF's VILLA) - OFFSITE ARCHITECTURE TOUR AND PERFORMANCE BY OMAR A. CHOWDHURY

Lal Masjid and Rouf's Villa, Faydabad, Dhaka

Melding Dhaka metal music and neglected architecture, Faydabad For Sale is a performance installation by the artist Omar A. Chowdhury and the hybrid collective (Ke ba kahara). At the site of a renowned female architect's most intimate building, the work uncovers the tangled history of an imported modernism and its obsolescence by the socio-aesthetic of Bangladesh's voracious new rise. Through a choreography of architectural interventions, projections, guitar score and performance, a speculative present is enacted that is haunted by doubt, private regret and ruinous anticipation. 


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Shuttle bus departs from Shilpakala Academy to Rouf's Villa, Faydabad at 12.30 pm, returning at 4.45 pm. Register for free bus: https://kebakahara.com/Faydabad

4-6pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - KABIR AHMED MASUM CHISTY, BONNA, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

As Bonna grows, new mythologies around her birth and metamorphoses evolve. Chisty merges the cosmic, the comic and the weather events, embedding Bonna in different registers of the divinatory and the mundane.

4-5pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - MURARI JHA, RETURNING TO EARTH, A KINDER SEARCH OF HOME, 2022-2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

At a particular hour of the day as the sunlight begins to fade, a crow perches and converses with scattered components of a landscape -- sun, moon, soil, water, mountains, other birds and animals.

5 - 5:30pm - LAPDIANG SYIEM, LAITIAM, 2022-2023

Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Art Dubai

This body-based performance explores the Khasi folktale of a stag who climbs up  from the plains of what we know as present-day Bangladesh into the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya to find the wild herb U Jangew Jathang, only to be captured and killed by hunters. His mother also climbs up in search of her son and encounters the kill. She lets out a dirge, a lamentation which, as they say, is a sound that taught the Khasi people how to mourn and grieve.

5:30 - 6pm - ORAL STORIES FROM THE HILLS, 2023

Curated by Kanak Chanpa Chakma,  a group of storytellers, translators and artists come together bringing stories from the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

7pm - SUMAYYA VALLY, THEY WHO BRINGS RAIN BRINGS LIFE, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

To possess the power to command rainfall is by inference possessing the power to dictate the flow of the natural cycle and climatic conditions. Inspired by South African and South Asian (rain)making rituals, performers transform an architectural pavilion each day with water and sound rituals invoking thunder.

DAY FOUR. FEB 6, MONDAY

5:30 - 6pm - ORAL STORIES FROM THE HILLS, 2023

Curated by Kanak Chanpa Chakma,  a group of storytellers, translators and artists come together bringing stories from the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

7pm - SUMAYYA VALLY, THEY WHO BRINGS RAIN BRINGS LIFE, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

To possess the power to command rainfall is by inference possessing the power to dictate the flow of the natural cycle and climatic conditions. Inspired by South African and South Asian (rain)making rituals, performers transform an architectural pavilion each day with water and sound rituals invoking thunder.

DAY FIVE. FEB 7, TUESDAY

4-6pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - KABIR AHMED MASUM CHISTY, BONNA, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

As Bonna grows, new mythologies around her birth and metamorphoses evolve. Chisty merges the cosmic, the comic and the weather events, embedding Bonna in different registers of the divinatory and the mundane.

5:30 - 6pm - ORAL STORIES FROM THE HILLS, 2023

Curated by Kanak Chanpa Chakma,  a group of storytellers, translators and artists come together bringing stories from the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

7pm - SUMAYYA VALLY, THEY WHO BRINGS RAIN BRINGS LIFE, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

To possess the power to command rainfall is by inference possessing the power to dictate the flow of the natural cycle and climatic conditions. Inspired by South African and South Asian (rain)making rituals, performers transform an architectural pavilion each day with water and sound rituals invoking thunder.

DAY SIX. FEB 8, WEDNESDAY

7pm - SUMAYYA VALLY, THEY WHO BRINGS RAIN BRINGS LIFE, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

To possess the power to command rainfall is by inference possessing the power to dictate the flow of the natural cycle and climatic conditions. Inspired by South African and South Asian (rain)making rituals, performers transform an architectural pavilion each day with water and sound rituals invoking thunder.

DAY SEVEN. FEB 9, THURSDAY

4-6pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - KABIR AHMED MASUM CHISTY, BONNA, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

As Bonna grows, new mythologies around her birth and metamorphoses evolve. Chisty merges the cosmic, the comic and the weather events, embedding Bonna in different registers of the divinatory and the mundane.

DAY NINE. FEB 11, SATURDAY

Day Long - Torol Shikor (FLUID ROOTS); Gonga (GANGES); Jaago (WAKE-UP, WAKE-UP); SHARED SENSORY REVELATION, THIRD FLOOR

To heighten our senses artists act, immerse, and traverse the boundaries of performances through touch, smell, sound and interaction. These performances critically question our existing relationship with natural habitats and trigger our shared responsibilities for being the unconditional beneficiary of nature.

Joydeb Roaja, Niloofar Chaman and Yasmin Jahan Nupur.

5-7pm (VERY SMALL FEELINGS) - KABIR AHMED MASUM CHISTY, BONNA, 2022-2023

Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation

As Bonna grows, new mythologies around her birth and metamorphoses evolve. Chisty merges the cosmic, the comic and the weather events, embedding Bonna in different registers of the divinatory and the mundane.

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