The conversation about representation is growing stronger everyday, according to a Dhaka Art Summit panel on Sunday on “Furthering non-Western Narratives from Within the Institution” with curators from renowned institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Assistant Curator of the Met Shanay Jhaveri said that the first Bangladeshi work of contemporary art will be added to the museum’s collection this year.
The discussion reflected upon the current global resurgence of nationalism and emphasized that art is one of the best ways to foster open-mindedness.
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A social commentary painting at the art summit Mahmud Hossain Opu
The panel consisted of Shanay Jhaveri, assistant curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Sean Anderson, associate curator, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tarun Nagesh, associate curator, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and Polly Staple, director, Chisenhale Gallery, London.
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Architectural model displayed at the art summit Mahmud Hossain Opu
Anderson from MoMA said: “To sustain a discussion on inclusivity, we must un-border ourselves,” adding that architecture is a form of art that has the capacity to speak across borders.
Staple said that Chisenhale Gallery, a non-profit contemporary art gallery based in London’s East End, has always kept the public in mind when it comes to doing projects and is particularly interested in exposing young people to art.
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A visitor taking in a photograpy series at the art summit Mahmud Hossain Opu
“London is a truly multicultural city,” she said, adding that living there made her contemplate what it means to have inclusivity in art. She said that her city has not been as upbeat in the last two years due to Brexit and terrorist attacks. Although the gallery has always focused on getting half of their artwork from UK artists and the other half from international artists, they have extended greater support to national artists in the hope of pulling them out of the post-Brexit depression.