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Nadia Samdani


Nadia Samdani MBE is the Co-Founder and President of the Samdani Art Foundation and Director of Dhaka Art Summit (DAS). In 2011, with husband Rajeeb Samdani, she established the Samdani Art Foundation to support the work of Bangladesh and South Asia’s contemporary artists and architects and increase their exposure. As part of this initiative, she founded DAS, which has since completed five successful editions under her leadership. She is a member of Tate’s South Asia Acquisitions Committee, Tate’s International Council and Alserkal Avenue’s Programming Committee, one of the founding members of The Harvard University Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute’s Arts Advisory Council and member of Asia Society’s Advisory Committee. In 2017, with her husband Rajeeb, she was the first South Asian arts patron to receive the prestigious Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 Birthday Honours for services to global art philanthropy and supporting the arts in South Asia and the United Kingdom. She has also received the Knight of the Order of the Arts and Letters by the Cultural Ministry of France.A second-generation collector, she began her own collection at the age of 22. She collects both Bangladeshi and international art, reflecting her experience as both a proud Bangladeshi and a global citizen. She has written about collecting for Art Asia Pacific and Live Mint and has been a guest speaker at art fairs and institutions including the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Basel, Frieze and Harvard University among other institutions. Works from the Samdanis’ collection have been lent to institutions and festivals including: Kiran Nadar Musem of Art, New Delhi (2023); Hayward Gallery, London (2022); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2019); Para Site, Hong Kong (2018); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2018); documenta 14, Kassel and Athens, (2017); Shanghai Biennale (2017); Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Olso (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein, Düsseldorf (2015); Gwangju Biennale (2014); and Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014).

Rajeeb Samdani


Rajeeb Samdani is a Co-Founder and Trustee of the Samdani Art Foundation, and Managing Director of Golden Harvest Group - one of the leading diversified conglomerates in Bangladesh. Together with his wife Nadia Samdani MBE, he established the biannual Dhaka Art Summit, and Srihatta- Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park. Rajeeb is also known for his modern and contemporary art collection. He is a founding member and Co-Chair of Tate’s South Asian Acquisitions Committee, a member of Tate’s International Council and Tate Advisory Board and Alserkal Avenue’s Programming Committee, a founding member of The Harvard University Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute’s Arts Advisory Council, Delfina Foundation’s Global Council member, a member of Art SG and a member of Art Basel Global Patrons Council. In 2017, with his wife Nadia, he was the first South Asian arts patron to receive the prestigious Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. He has been a guest speaker at art fairs and institutions including the Royal Ontario Museum of Art, UC Berkeley, Harvard University and the Private Museums Summit.

Diana Campbell


Diana Campbell is a Princeton educated American curator and writer working in South and Southeast Asia since 2010, primarily in India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. She is committed to fostering a transnational art world, and her plural and long-range vision addresses the concerns of underrepresented regions and artists alongside the more established in manifold forums. Since 2013, she has served as the Founding Artistic Director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation, Bangladesh and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, leading the last five editions of the platform with a global team of collaborators. Campbell has developed the Dhaka Art Summit into a leading research and exhibitions platform for art from South Asia, bringing together artists, architects, curators, and writers through a largely commission based model where new work and exhibitions are born in Bangladesh, adding a scholarly element to the platform through collaborations with the Getty Foundation, Asia Art Archive, Cornell University, Harvard University, RAW Material Company, Gudskul, and many other formal and grassroots educational initiatives around the world. Pacific Islands and Bangladesh are at the forefront of climate change; Campbell’s maternal family is indigenous CHamoru from the island of Guam, and her heritage inspires her curatorial practice and the development of DAS as a platform to amplify indigenous practices both in South Asia and internationally. In addition to her exhibition making and writing practice, Campbell is responsible for developing the Samdani Art Foundation collection and drives its international collaborations ahead of opening the foundation’s permanent home and community-based residency program at Srihatta, the Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park in Sylhet. Campbell’s practice specializes in building networks. She is part of the facilitation group of AFIELD, a global network of socially engaged initiatives, and leading the international development of EDI Global Forum, a global network of art education departments as an initiative of the Campania Region of Italy developed by the Fondazione Morra Greco in Naples that is convening over 150 global institutions to address needed change in art education. She is currently curating the 2023 edition of DesertX in the Coachella Valley opening in March 2023, linking the climatic challenges of droughts and floods across California and Bangladesh.

Ruxmini Reckvana Q Choudhury


Ruxmini Choudhury is a curator, art writer, researcher, and bilingual translator based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has been working as the Assistant Curator of the Samdani Art Foundation since 2014. Among the many initiatives she has introduced and developed for Dhaka Art Summit are its art mediation program and the Samdani Artist Led Initiatives Forum, part of her ongoing interest in exploring ways to make art more approachable and interactive to the public. Her research has supported the growth of curatorial knowledge about Bangladesh through her collaborations assisting many international curators on shows in Dhaka such as Dhaka Art Summit, but also in Hong Kong, India, Austria, Norway, Dubai, among others. . She founded the 'Singularity Art Movement' in 2021, a platform which acknowledges social stigmas that impact gendered, social, political, religious, cultural, and racial oppression. This platform acts as a safe space for artists and non-artists to discuss and share these issues, which may or may not result in an exhibition. She completed her BFA in Art History from University of Dhaka in 2014 and previously interned at the Dhaka Art Center, a Dhaka based non-profit art centre. Her research on the crafts of Kushtia, Jhenaidah and Magura districts of Bangladesh has been published in Setouchi Catalogue: Bangladesh Crafts, 2014. She is also an alumna of Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme and was previously involved in many social service and youth empowerment activities.

Mohammad Sazzad Hossain


Mohammad Sazzad Hossain is the Head of Administration of the Samdani Art Foundation. Sazzad has worked for the Samdani Art Foundation since 2012 and has been a key member of the management team from the first edition of the Dhaka Art Summit, now moving into its 6th edition. He is responsible for the artistic production of DAS, along with the management of all teams on site. From the outset, Sazzad has managed the production of major international artist projects, such as Adrián Villar Rojas, Nilima Sheikh, Ellen Ghallagher, Huma Bhabha, Bharti Kher, William Forsythe, Damian Ortega, Antonio Dias, Ramesh Maria, Shahzia Sikander, Rashid Rana, Haroon Mirza to name a few. Sazzad Hossain completed his M.A. and B.A. from Stamford University Bangladesh majoring in English Literature.

Swilin Haque


Swilin Haque is the curatorial assistant of the Samdani Art Foundation.She trained as a painter at University of Dhaka. She received the ICCR scholarship in 2021 to pursue further studies in Art History and Aesthetics at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India, with a particular interest in the political discourses found in art history. She has worked with organizations including the India Art Fair 2022, Artscapes India, ACCORe - Mexico, Hexydexy Box, Indian Council for Cultural Relations in Kolkata and curated Being and Becoming at Whoyait Art Space in Baroda in 2021.

Eve Lemesle


Eve Lemesle is an arts producer based between Europe and South-Asia. She started the arts management agency called ‘What About Art’ in Mumbai in 2010. She has produced many exhibitions and consulted internationally for the Venice Biennale, Qatar Museums, Shanghai Biennale, Dhaka Art Summit, Kochi Biennale, the Asia Now art fair at La Monnaie de Paris, Soho House collection amongst others. She is currently a consultant with Reliance for the upcoming JIO World Centre in Mumbai. She is also a researcher at the Institute of Public Art at the University of Shanghai. Eve has been installing some of the most prestigious private and corporate art collections in South-Asia.

Noushin Tarannum Neha


Noushin Tarannum Neha she is a VIP Communications Manager for the Dhaka Art Summit 2023. She is currently majoring in Environmental Science at Independent University, Bangladesh.

DAS 2023 Team

Akansha Rastogi

CURATOR ( Very Small Feelings

Akansha Rastogi is Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Programming at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) in New Delhi, India. She has been part of the core instituting team of the museum since 2011. As a creative practitioner, she is the founding member of artist collective WALA (formed in 2009), and is intensely involved with many artists-led initiatives and forums in New Delhi. Her research and writing focuses on exhibition histories of modern and contemporary Indian art, institutional memory and histories of visual arts, museum studies and storytelling. She studied Art History at National Museum Institute and English Literature at Delhi University. Akansha’s exhibitions, ‘Hangar for the Passerby’ (2017), ‘Zones of Contact/Grazing’ (2013), ‘Inhabiting the Museum’ (2011-15) and ‘Archiving the Studio’ (2011) have been ingenious for their curatorial thinking, approaches and conceptual rigour. Each one positioning and imagining contemporary art museum space in South Asia as an incremental site for the undigested materials and histories. She served as associate curator of India Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019). At KNMA, she is currently leading a long-term multipart program under the framework of ‘Young Artists of Our Times’ (YAOT). Through its exhibitions, books, institutional partnerships and assemblies, YAOT explores a range of artistries, approaching the ‘young’ as a sensory body. Akansha is drawn to the language and terms of the young, not simply as an age, but as transformative, rest­less, and critical space of inquiry and experimentation. Moreover, in the context of South Asia where a large chunk of the world's youth population resides.

Sean Anderson

CURATOR (To Enter the Sky)

Sean Anderson is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director at Cornell University’s Department of Architecture. Anderson was formerly Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in addition to being a practicing architect and educator in Afghanistan, Australia, India, India, Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the U.A.E. He is a founding Board Member of the African Futures Institute (AFI). Long seeking to uncover overlooked contexts for reappraising the spatial, he has written books on South Asian ritual sculpture, the modern architecture of colonial Eritrea and co-edited a volume dedicated to contemporary architecture and design in Sri Lanka. At MoMA, he organized Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter (2016-17) and Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959-89 (2017-18) and led four iterations of the Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1. At MoMA, he was co-director of the CMAP Asia and Africa research programs, an editor of post, and established two continuing online educational platforms: “What is Contemporary Art?” and “Reimagining Blackness and Architecture.” Co-organized with Mabel O. Wilson, Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, the first exhibition and book ever at MoMA to highlight the work of African American and African Diasporic architects, artists and designers, concluded in May 2021.

Anne Barlow

CURATOR (Samdani Art Award)

Anne Barlow is Director of Tate St Ives where she most recently curated exhibitions with Thao Nguyen Phan, Petrit Halilaj, and Haegue Yang. Barlow was formerly Director of Art in General, New York, Curator of Education and Media Programs, New Museum, New York, and Curator of Contemporary Art and Design, Glasgow Museums, Scotland. Much of her work has focused on supporting emerging artists through exhibitions, new commissions, residencies, and international collaborations with museums and non-profit art spaces. Her interest in critical dialogue and experimental curatorial and educational practice led to the development of the Museum as Hub initiative (New Museum) and What Now? symposia (Art in General) and more recently at Tate St Ives, projects that address the specificities of the hyperlocal within a global programme. Barlow was Curator of 5th Bucharest Biennale and Co-Curator of the Latvian Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale. She has lectured and published widely, and edited the publications Working with Artists and Audiences (2014) and What Now? The Politics of Listening (2016). She is an Ambassador of the EDI Global Forum and has participated in selection panels and juries including the Artist of Tomorrow, Prishtina, Kosovo; kim? Residency Award, Riga; Exposure 8, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon; MAC International 2018, Belfast; and the British Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale.

Bishwajit Goswami

CURATOR (A Duality)

Bishwajit Goswami is a Dhaka based curator and art educator. He is an Assistant Professor in the Drawing & Painting Department of the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and also visiting faculty at the Architecture Department of BUET & BRAC University. Goswami is the co-founder of Brihatta, a research-based, artist-run Platform, with a strong focus on community development, and collaboration. As an art educator he has been part of many conferences and has participated in many national and international exhibitions as a practicing artist. His extensive interest in art and education has led him to extend his practice to exhibition making. In 2020 he curated the exhibition ‘Roots’ at the Dhaka Art Summit which focused on Bangladeshi art educators and the institutions that they built, following this journey across the 20th century until the 1990s, to consider how today’s artistic practices in Bangladesh were shaped. Goswami is passionate about working with students and providing them with opportunities and his practice involves collaborating with young art students and creatives.

Muhammad Nafisur Rahman


Muhammad Nafisur Rahman is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at the School of Design, College of DAAP, University of Cincinnati, USA. Trained as an architect in Bangladesh, Muhammad holds a M.Des. in Graphic Design from University of Illinois at Chicago and currently pursuing his PhD in Architecture. In conjunction with his cross-disciplinary research and professional affiliations, he has taught students in architecture and communication design programs in the USA, Portugal and Bangladesh for over 15 years. Owing to his background as a practitioner, architect, educator and photographer, Rahman takes a strong interdisciplinary and practice-informed approach to teaching and research that bridges between built environment, placemaking and typography. He is a MAHASSA Scholar supported by Cornell University and the Getty Foundations and Research Fellow in Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE) for research projects on storefront signage and neighbourhood identity. His works consist of various identity designs, interiors, branding, branded environments, book design etc. Rahman is an Assistant Editor of "Visible Language," the oldest peer–reviewed academic journal for design.

Guest Curators

Esther Syiem


Esther Syiem teaches English Literature at the North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong and has been involved in the study of Khasi oral narratives for many years. Esther Syiem is a bilingual writer. Some of her publications include three volumes of poetry, Oral Scriptings; of wit and wisdom of follies and frailties; Many Sides of Many Stories a play in Khasi entitled Ka Nam and work of fiction Memoir in Water Speaks the Wah Umkhrah. The Oral Discourse in Khasi Folk Narrative attempts to do a re-reading of the oral, in terms of the contemporary. She is a member of the National Editorial Collective of The People’s Linguistic Survey of India and was the state editor of the Meghalaya Volume which was later translated into Khasi and Garo. She has translated some Khasi folk tales for children and also published books for children.

Kanak Chanpa Chakma


Kanak Chanpa Chakma is one of Bangladesh's most significant living visual artists. She was born in Rangamati's hill tracts and was brought up in the indigenous Chakma community, whose way of life and struggle feature prominently in her work. Her paintings are well-known internationally and can be found in many museums including the Bangladesh National Museum, Bhutan Museum, Liberation War Museum alongside many private collections and corporate offices. She is currently the founder of Shako Women Artists' Association and the president of Ethnic Artists' Foundation of Bangladesh. She is a community leader working to empower young indigenous artists by enhancing their visibility both in Bangladesh and internationally.

L. Somi Royis


L. Somi Royis a writer, curator, cultural conservationist, and the publisher and translator of the literature of his mother M.K. Binodini Devi. He founded and manages Imasi: The Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi Foundation in Manipur for the protection, preservation, and promotion of the legacy of M. K. Binodini Devi.

Michael Lujan Bevacqua


Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Ph.D. (Familian Bittot and Kabesa) taught Guam History and Chamoru language at the University of Guam for 10 years, runs a weekly podcast called Fanachu! and currently works as the curator for the Guam Museum. With his brother Jack, they run a creative company called The Guam Bus ( that publishes Chamoru language books, comics and learning materials. He is a co-chair for the political status educational outreach group Independent Guåhan and a member of Guam’s Commission on Decolonization.

Mohammed Rezuwan


Mohammed Rezuwan is a 25-year-old Rohingya refugee, currently surviving in the world's largest refugee camp, Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. He is a Rohingya Folklorist who authored the book Rohingyafolktales to preserve the Rohingya culture and pass them on to the next generation. He is a novice poet and a teacher by profession. He is a Rohingya activist and an asset to International journalists to navigate camps, develop story ideas, and find resources. He is a great lover of art. Many of his poems and short stories were published on international online platforms and anthologies.

Transnational folklore researchers for Very Small Feelings exhibition

Farooq Sobhan
Kirsten Hackenbroch
Francois Grosjean
Claire Hamid
Zareef Hamid
Teresa Albor
Vilma Jurkute
Surabhi Khaitan Chaudhary
Tarana Sawhney
Lisa Ray
Asif Rangoonwala & Nour Aslam
Sharlina Hussain
Aaron Cezar
Nadia Samdani MBE
Rajeeb Samdani

Organising Comittee Members

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