In normal times curator Campbell Betancourt and patron couple Nadia and Rajeeb would be busy preparing for the 2022 edition of their biennial Dhaka Art Summit. The pandemic has pushed the next two-week jamboree of exhibitions, lectures, symposia and prizes to the following year. Work is nearing an end, however, at Srihatta, the art centre and 100-acre sculpture park the couple are building in Sylhet, northeastern Bangladesh, but that is not likely to open until next year. Which isn’t to say Betancourt has been able to put her feet up: a regular on panel discussions (‘we’re all zoomed out’ she wrote in one invitation to a talk series she had programmed) and residency and prize juries (including Art Explora, awarding a studio in Montmartre; a prize for sustainable art presented at the Artissima fair), this year she also helped establish the EDI Global Forum for Education, a digital platform and international network of art institutions, for the Morra Greco Foundation.
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