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3rd Majhi International Art Residency held in Netherlands

  • Published at 04:04 pm October 24th, 2021
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The two-week residency programme started from October 10, 2021 Courtesy

Participating artists for the 2021 Majhi Eindhoven edition include Giulia Deval (Italy), Joydeb Roaja (Bangladesh), Non-Native Native (Netherlands), Moch Hasrul (Indonesia), Pier Alfeo (Italy), Satch Hoyt (Jamaica/UK), Shohrab Jahan (Bangladesh), Sounak Das (Netherlands/Bangladesh), Yu Zhang (Netherlands/China), Zihan Karim (Bangladesh)

The third edition of Mahji International Art Residency was hosted at the historic Steentjeskerk Church in Eindhoven, Netherlands during October. The initiative brought together ten artists and collective working in Europe, South and South-East Asia for a two-week residency programme from October 10, 2021, culminating in an exhibition that launched on October 21, 2021.

A yearly itinerant residency programme, initiated and produced by the Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation (DBF), the Mahji International Art Residency, stages cross-cultural encounters between artists, scholars, and thinkers, with the aim of supporting and promoting art and research from South Asia and the Global South in a critical, international context and bridging artistic practices between east and west.  


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Curated by Bangladeshi independent curator and researcher Kehkasha Sabah, the residency & accompanying exhibition is titled Land, Water & Border and addressed individual and collective experiences of the role played by land, border, politics, culture, heritage, nature and technology, bridging ten artistic voices from Bangladesh, Indonesia, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy.

The third 2021 edition in Eindhoven, was held in the context of social distancing and restrictive international travel, particularly for artists coming from South Asia and South-East Asia, and as such emphasized the need for connection and collaboration, which the DBF is committed to cultivating despite the pandemic’s challenges.

The project also coincides with 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence and celebrates 50 years of friendship between Bangladesh and the Netherlands. It comes on the back of further projects initiated in the Netherlands by the DBF, which includes a partnership with the Rijksakademie in support of a long-term residency programme for artists from South Asia.  

Participating artists for the 2021 Majhi Eindhoven edition include Giulia Deval (Italy), Joydeb Roaja (Bangladesh), Non-Native Native (Netherlands), Moch Hasrul (Indonesia), Pier Alfeo (Italy), Satch Hoyt (Jamaica/UK), Shohrab Jahan (Bangladesh), Sounak Das (Netherlands/Bangladesh), Yu Zhang (Netherlands/China), Zihan Karim (Bangladesh).

The project initiator, Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation (DBF) is a private foundation set up by art patron and philanthropist Durjoy Rahman in 2018 to support and promote artistic development and art practices from across South Asia and beyond. It supports artists in creating new artworks and engages art practitioners in relevant exhibitions, publications, and residencies, often in collaboration with key international cultural institutions.

The first (2019) and second (2020) editions of Majhi were held in Venice, Italy, and Berlin, Germany respectively.

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