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PARTNERSHIPS: Dhaka to documenta14 - A Samdani Artist-Led Initiatives Forum Research Trip (part 3)

by Salma Jamal Moushum, Gidree Bawlee

It was on the afternoon of July 4, when our group of four reached Athens on the first leg of our research trip to documenta14 and Skulptur Projekte Münster. Organised by the Samdani Art Foundation with the support of the Goethe Institute, the mission of our trip was to learn (or perhaps unlearn) from documenta14 and Münster.  Accompanied by three other members of the Samdani Artist-Led Initiatives Forum, our first lesson was sadly nothing art related, and was a harsh reminder that you should always be vigilant with your possessions. Having all my money stolen on the first day on the way to the hotel from the airport was the last thing I expected to ‘experience’ during my trip, but nevertheless, our packed schedule and the overwhelming dose of art we were about to experience over just seven days (excluding travel), left little space for me to brood over the traumatic experience.

 

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PARTNERSHIPS: Dhaka to documenta14 - A Samdani Artist-Led Initiatives Forum Research Trip (part 2)

By Sadya Mizan, Founder and Project Director, URONTO Artist Community

Back in July, I was selected, as a member of one of the organisations involved in the Samdani Artist-Led Initiatives Forum, to go on a professional development trip to experience documenta14, in both Athens and Kassel, and Skulptur Projekte Münster: an opportunity for me to improve my practice and knowledge and develop professionally.

I always find it difficult to write about experiences I have had or places I have visited.  I never know where to start especially when I have so many memories and thought lines in my mind:  how do I align everything to properly express my experience?  Having been asked to submit a written account of my research trip to documenta14 and the Skulptur Projekte Münster, I feel it best to surrender myself with a pre-apology to my readers in case this account does not fully express my experience. 

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PARTNERSHIPS: Dhaka to documenta14 - A Samdani Artist-Led Initiatives Forum Research Trip

by BACK Art's Jewel A. Rob

Monday 3 July 2017:  Athens International Airport, Greece
After a long flight, we have arrived in the city of Athens - finally - but it will take another 40 minutes by metro to reach our hotel and begin to explore what documenta14 has to offer. Since being founded in 1955 by Arnold Bode, every five years, Documenta provides a unique space for contemplation, discussion, reinterpretation and transcendence of modern and contemporary art, and the way we look at it. However, under the curatorial direction of Artistic Director, Adam Szymczyk, this fourteenth edition of the festival is a little different, its exhibition offer being both in Kassel, Germany (its traditional home), and for the first time, in Athens, Greece. 

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