Samdani Art Foundation
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The Samdani Art Foundation participates in a variety of projects, outside of the Foundation's regular programming, as part of a commitment to increasing world-wide engagement with the work of Bangladeshi and South Asian contemporary artists and architects. The Foundation assists in funding travel grants that enable artists to attend residencies or undertake research abroad and supports international institutions and festivals to include South Asian artists within their exhibitions and programmes. The Foundation also regularly loans works from its collection of modern and contemporary South Asian artists to international institutions and festivals.


Khoj International Workshop  

Goa, India | April- May 2017

Dhaka Art Summit 2016 featured artist Marzia Farhana was selected to be part of a two month long workshop, supported by the Samdani Art Foundation. 

Speak, Lokal

Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland  | March - May 2017

Rafiqul Shuvo and Samsul Alam Helal are selected to participate in the group show curated by Daniel Baumann, Director of the Kunsthalle Zurich and guest curator for the Samdani Art Award 2016. Samdani Art Foundation is supporting the artists.

11th Shanghai Biennale 2016

Shanghai, China  |  November 2016 - March 2017

Raqs Media Collective curated the 11th edition of the Shanghai Biennale which included Samdani Art Award 2016 finalists, Rafiqul Islam Shuvo and Farzana Ahmed Urmi. The Samdani Art Foundation has supported the artists to present their work in Shanghai.

The Space Between

The Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, UK  |  June - September 2016

Dhaka Art Summit 2014 Solo Project artist Rana Begum had her first solo show, supported by the Samdani Art Foundation at The Parasol Unit.


Delfina Foundation

London, UK  |  September –December 2016

Samdani Art Award winner Rasel Chowdhury, undertook a three month residency at the Delfina Foundation supported by the Samdani Art Foundation.

La Biennale di Venezia - 56th International Art Exhibition 2015

Venice, Italy  |  May-November 2015

Dhaka Art Summit 2014 Solo Project Bangladeshi artist Naeem Mohaiemen and Indian artist group Raqs media Collective were selected to show their works in the centre pavilion, supported by the Samdani Art Foundation.

2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

Kochi, India  |  December 2014 - March 2015

Samdani Art Award 2014 finalist Shumon Ahmed participated in the biennale, supported by the Samdani Art Foundation.

Delfina Foundation

London, UK  |  September - December 2014 

Samdani Art Award 2014 winner Ayesha Sultana undertook a three month residency at the Delfina Foundation, supported by the Samdani Art Foundation.


Experimenter Curators’ Hub

Kolkata, India  |  July 2014

The Samdani Art Foundation supported Bangladeshi artists Munem Wasif, Mohammad Wahiduzzaman and Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty to participate at the Experimenter Curators’ Hub.

Prisoners of ShothikItihash

Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland  |  June - August 2014

Naeem Mohaiemen had his first solo show in 2014, supported by the Samdani Art Foundation.

The Replacement

India Art Fair, Delhi, India  |  January - February 2013

Samdani Art Foundation had supported and funded a solo art project titled ‘The Replacement’ by Mahbubur Rahman. The installation was placed near the entrance of the India Art Fair and was exhibited during the fair days, from 31st January to 3rd February.


Kassel, Germany  |  June - September 2012

Mahbubur Rahman and Tayeba Begum Lipi visited Documenta 13 which was supported by Samdani Art Foundation.