The Samdani Art Foundation has announced the 11 finalists for this year’s Samdani Art Award. The award will be given out at the Dhaka Art Summit in February 2018.
The Samdani Art Award is a bi-annual competition that aims to promote contemporary art in the country. The award is given to artists ranging from the ages of 22 to 40. Since 2013, the Samdani Art Foundation, partnering with the Delfina Foundation in London, has been giving out the award which, among other things, offers a three-month residency in London. The finalists are assigned an international curator as a mentor from Liverpool Biennial and the New North and South, after which the winner will receive the three month residency.
Each of the finalists will also be featured prominently at the Dhaka Art Summit in 2018.
This year, the finalists were selected by Swiss Institute Director Simon Castets, who will be responsible as the curator for their exhibitions at the fourth edition of the Dhaka Art Summit, from a larger pool of semi-finalists. From this pool of finalists, the winner will be selected by a board composed of India based artists Sheela Gowda and Subodh Gupta, and London based artists Mona Hatoum and Runa Islam. The board will be chaired by Delfina Foundation Director Aaron Cezar.
The exhibition curated by Castets will be up for the entirety of the biennial summit, scheduled for February 8-10 of next year.
Castes said that he feels privileged to work with the artists and lauded Samdani Art Foundation’s efforts to foster awareness and provide support to contemporary artists from Bangladesh.
The Samdani Art Foundation, a private arts trust based in Dhaka, was founded in 2011 by collectors Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani, and is headed by Artistic Director and Curator Diana Campbell Betancourt. It seeks to increase the international exposure of Bangladeshi artists, production grants, residencies, educational programs and exhibitions.
The finalists are:
Ahmed Rasel (b.1988, Barishal)
Aprita Singh Lopa (b. 1986, Kishoreganj)
Asfika Rahman (b. 1988, Dhaka)
Debasish Shom (b. 1979, Bagerhat)
Marzia Farhana (b. 1985, Dhaka)
Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury (b. 1981, Noakhali)
Opper Zaman (b. 1995, Dhaka)
Palash Bhattacharjee (b. 1983, Chittagong)
Rakib Ahmed (b. 1988, Netrakona)
Reetu Sattar’s (b. 1981, Dhaka)
Sabbir Alam (b. 1982, Kushtia)