Over 500 artists including painters, sculptors, curators, art critics, art professionals, art collectors, and architects from 44 countries including Bangladesh are taking part in the exhibition
The fifth edition of South Asia’s biggest art biennale, Dhaka Art Summit (DAS), began at Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid inaugurated the nine-day grand art festival as the chief guest at the National Art Gallery's auditorium at the academy.
Samdani Art Foundation and Shilpakala Academy had been jointly organizing the event since 2012 to provide a rare opportunity to experience multi-dimensional works of art from all across the world under one roof.
With the theme “Seismic Movement or Transmission”, different artworks related to geological movements, colonial movements, independence movement, and social movements is in display at the event.
Over 500 artists including painters, sculptors, curators, art critics, art professionals, art collectors, and architects from 44 countries including Bangladesh are taking part in the exhibition.
Director-General of Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky, Dhaka Art Summit Organizing Committee Chairman Farooq Sobhan and Samdani Art Foundation Director Nadia Samdani also attended the function, among others.
At the inauguration ceremony, speakers said: “The exhibition has provided an opportunity to build a relation of arts globally and we can take pride in being one of the largest events of painting in South Asia.”
On the very first day, Bangladeshi artist Ariful Kabir took part in the Samdani Art Award performance during the inaugural program while the Otobong Enkangar live-art titled “Landverson” took place in the lobby of the second floor.
A panel discussion on “Design in Era of Climate-Catastrophy” was also held at the Art Gallery.
Performance action titled “Movimientos Emisores de Existencia” under the direction of Hector Zamorah was displayed in the lobby of the first floor of the National Picture gallery.
In the evening, Karakrut Arundhachal and Alex Vojio attended a performance titled “Together (Dhaka Edition)”.
Highlights of DAS
Marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - a special exhibition titled “Lighting the Fire of Freedom Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” will continue in the first floor of the academy throughout the exhibition.
This display of historical photographs of Bangabandhu is being held under the overall supervision of the Centre for Research and Information (CRI) with support from the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Among the participating artists, critics and discussant who are present in the summit are - Dilara Begum Jolie, Rokeya Sultana, Selima Quader Chowdhury, Lewis Henderson, Biswajit Goswami, Ariful Kabir, Yasmin Jahan Nupur, Hector Jamorah, Saleh Hasan, Tony Koks, Rashid Choudhury, Shenai Javeri, Therese Chowdhury Khan, Morgan Quantance, Ayo Akinved, Rehana Zaman, AC Eshun, Dr Arnab Biswas, Sajedul Haque, Anna Pai, Anika Ayane, Faiham Ebna Sharif, Alfred Santana, Shane Anderson, Farhan Karim, Saim Sune, Nurur Rahman Khan, Jaydev Roja, Anjalika Sagar, Rania Stefan, Kana Rana, Kou, Ran. Shayla Sharmin, Mahmudul Hasan Dulal, Iftikhar Dadi, Samina Iqbal, Ming Tiampo, Rafael Grissey, Boba Torre, Luta-Ta Kaba Indri, Shimuranja, Salman Nawati, Kad Du Yarraux, Hadil Ashley, Mohammed Herb, Elizabeth Pravinil, John Tyne, Chong-dal Bow, Lotte Hayek, Elizabeth Georges, Sanders and many more.
Biswajit Goswami is the curator of Bangladeshi artists at the summit. A special exhibition titled “Shekor” will take place under the supervision of Bishwajit Goswami at the summit. The life and works of Joynul Abedin, SM Sultan and Kamrun Hasan, especially, the painters who contributed a lot to the development of painting education will also be highlighted through different arrangements.
Samdani art award (in partnership with UK-based Delphina Foundation) will be given to emerging and talented Bangladeshi artists aged from 22 to 40 years.
Shortlisted candidates for the award are Ariful Kabir, Ashfika Rahman, Fiham bin Sharif, Habiba Noorose, Nazmun Nahar Keya, Palash Bhattacharya, Pramati Hossain, Soma Survi Jannat, Saunak Das, Sumana Akhter, Tahia Farhin Haque and Zihan Karim.
In total, twenty-two artist groups from Bangladesh are participating in the summit. Among them Artpro, Backart, Charupith, Okoliko, Gidri Bauli, Hills artist group, Jothashilpi, Saako, and Shoni Mongol Adda are mentionable.
This year, the summit is held avoiding any usage of plastic in decoration and display. The organizers used environmental paper, bamboo, cane, and wood for decorations.
Set to be concluded on February 15, the summit will remain open for all, every day from 10am to 8pm.
All information on the exhibition can be found at www.dhakaartsummit.org.