Founded in 2012 by the Samdani Art Foundation (SAF), the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) is an international non-commercial research and exhibition platform for art and architecture related to South Asia which seeks to re-examine how we think about these art forms in a regional and wider context, with a focus on Bangladesh. In collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, SAF continue to produce and host DAS every two years at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Rejecting the traditional biennale format, DAS’s interdisciplinary programme concentrates its international reach towards the advancement and promotion of South Asia’s creative communities both past and present. Led by Chief Curator, Diana Campbell Betancourt, local and international guest curators from leading institutions are invited to unlock new areas of inquiry through collaborative group exhibitions, experimental writing initiatives, film and talks schedules, renowned with both local and international arts professionals for their quality.
Free for all and ticketless, the fourth edition of the Dhaka Art Summit will be held from the 2 to 10 February 2018.
“The Dhaka Summit proved to be an invaluable interface with a number of key artists, discourses, and histories that suggest the increasingly urgent voice South Asia has in the current global cultural discourse....We look forward to developing many of these conversations as we deepen our engagement in the region.”
- Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of Media and Performance, Museum of Modern Art, New York (DAS 2016)
“I have never experienced something as art focused, open and inclusive as I just did at Dhaka Art Summit. The calibre of the conversations was a rare happening in our region.”
- Dayanita Singh, DAS Solo Project Artist, India (DAS 2016)
“I almost gave up reading art writing. I have come to reconsider this through the Summit...”
- Maria Lind, Critic and Artistic Director, Gwanju Biennale 2016 (DAS 2016)
“I thought the Dhaka Art Summit 2016 was a splendid affair of critical clout and great programming. There is literally nothing like it in Asia and I am certain the next one will be an even bigger success.”
- Lucas Huang, The National Gallery, Singapore (DAS 2016)
“The Dhaka Summit has rapidly become an important focus for artists from South Asia and beyond and this year is attracting widespread International attention.”
- Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, London, UK, On her second trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh (DAS 2016)
“Dhaka art summit has set the gold standard for the visual arts in South Asia”