Samdani Art Foundation
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12 September 2018 - 27 January 2019  |  garage museum of contemporary art



After debuting at the Dhaka Art Summit 2018, Kamruzzaman Shahdin's Haven Is Elsewhere (2018) travelled to Moscow, with the support of the Samdani Art Foundation, to be included in the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art's exhibition, The Fabric of Felicity. The work was commissioned by the Samdani Art Foundation for the Dhaka Art Summit 2018 exhibition Bearing Points, curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt.   

The Fabric of Felicity, an international project showcasing clothes in art outside the context of the fashion industry. The exhibition spans five continents and features over forty artists, including representatives of historical avant-gardes, members of the Soviet and Brazilian underground art scenes, and new generation artists from Russia, Japan, USA, Zimbabwe, and other countries.

The geography of the show is built around twenty-first-century “silk roads:” the intercontinental transport routes and production cycles of raw materials, textiles, and ready-to-wear garments from democratic global brands. Based on a series of research trips stretching from Sweden to Bangladesh by way of Ivanovo (Russia) and Biella (Italy), The Fabric of Felicity undermines stereotypical notions of East and West, Global South and Global North and suggests an equality of artistic media, methods, and traditions.