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Ayesha Sultana

b. 1984, Jessore, Bangladesh

Ayesha Sultana’s practice encompasses drawing, painting, object and sound. The work relies heavily on process as an attempt to translate notions of space, which is inseparably connected with perceptions of time as a way of looking. The artist was born in 1984 in Jessore, Bangladesh. Her drawing series often acts as an enquiry, through the building of spatial structures by tapping in repetition, variation and rhythm. It may appear dissimilar in technique but is essentially one and the same, permeating similar areas of transformation. For the past two years, drawing has often acted as a formal backbone to her practice. She uses it as a verb, of ‘doing’ whether it be cutting, folding, stitching, layering, recording, and tracing. This doing even extends to explorations with photocopy machines, allowing them to alter and distort other works that she experiments with. The illustrated image, Cataract II, 2011, is part of the artist’s ongoing series of drawing with staples, piecing rice paper and creating new patterns and structures that highlight the tension between the strength of the industrial staple and the vulnerability of the translucent organic paper.


Sultana studied under Rashid Rana at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, and later lectured there for two years. Sultana’s work has been exhibited extensively in India, Italy, the Netherlands, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. She is an active member of the Britto Arts Trust and recently completed a residency at Gasworks, in London.

Samdani Art Award 2014


  • Aaron Cezar (Director of the Delfina Foundation)

  • Eungie Joo (Curator of the Sharjah Biennale 2015)

  • Jessica Morgan (The Daskalopoulos Curator, Tate)

  • Sandhini Poddar (Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)

  • Pooja Sood (Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association)


  • Delfina Foundation


The ten shortlisted artists for the 2014 edition of the Samdani Art Award exhibition were selected by the Delfina Foundation's Director, Aaron Cezar. During the Summit, the jury selected Ayesha Sultana as the recipient of the 2014 award.  Announced during the DAS 2014 Opening Dinner on the 5 February, Sultana received a three-month residency with the Delfina Foundation in London which she undertook in the Autumn of 2014.


Shumon Ahmed

What I have Forgotten Could Fill an Ocean, What is Not Real Never Lived (2011). Courtesy of the artist.

b. 1977, Dhaka

Sayed Tareq Rahman

Installation image of Transformation 4 (2016), wood, nail, plastic wire etc. Courtesy of the artist.

b. 1988, Khulna

Sarker Protick

The Light Chamber (2017), vertical projection and sound installation (part of artist’s Origin series) installed at the Shilpakala Academy as part of Chobimel. Courtesy of the artist.

b. 1986, Dhaka

Sanjoy Chakraborty

Red Dot on a Red Road (2017), still from live performance as part of D'LAB (Dhaka Live Art Biennale) at Dhaka University Campus. Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Imtiaz-al-Tareq.

b. 1984

Promotesh Das Pulak

Encapsulated (2008). Courtesy of the artist.

b. 1980, Sylhet

Palash Bhattacharjee

Wastage Abstract (2013), site‐specific project, installation with dual channel video, Cheragi Art Show, Chittagong

b. 1983, Chittagong

Kabir Ahmed Masum Christy

Quandary (2011). Courtesy of the artist.

b. 1976, Narayanganj

Afsana Sharmin Zhumpa

…and the feminine…(2016), documentation of live performance at the 17th Asian Art Biennale. Courtesy of the artist.

b. 1984
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