Dhaka Art Summit announces artists participating in 2020 edition

Otobong Nkanga, Landversation, 2016, site specific installation and conversations, various materials, variable dimensions. Installation view with Otobong Nkanga (centre) and collaborators in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Daini Wang. Courtesy the artist and Shanghai Project


Dhaka Art Summit has announced the list of artists participating in its 5th edition, held in 2020. The exhibition, titled Seismic Movements, will reflect on art histories, social and political movements, borders and geological fault lines. Taking place across the four floors of the Shilpakala Academy in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, the event is free to the public and will include a programme of panel discussions, performances and a symposium. Over 500 artists will be participating in this year’s Dhaka Art Summit.

Chief curator Diana Campbell Betancourt has said in a statement: ‘Seismic movements do not adhere to statist or nationalist frameworks. They join and split apart tectonics of multiple scales and layers; their epicenters don’t privilege historical imperial centers over the so-called peripheries; they can accumulate slowly or violently erupt in an instant. DAS 2020 works across art, craft, architecture, design, research, and institution production to catalyse new forms of collaboration between artists, thinkers and its extensive and diverse audience… DAS does not just consider forms of artistic production, but also creative forms of institutional production that enable artistic practices and pedagogies, generating new vocabularies of social organization and building better ways to create and live together.’

A partial list of artists participating in Dhaka Art Summit 2020 includes:
Akaliko (Bangladesh), Aman Iwan (France), Art Labor (Vietnam), ArtPro (Bangladesh), Artree Nepal (Nepal), Back Art (Bangladesh), Bangladesh Garment Sromik Samhati (Bangladesh), Britto Art Trust (Bangladesh), Calpulli Tecalco (Mexico), Center for Historical Reenactments (South Africa), Charupith (Bangladesh), Chimurenga (South Africa), Depth of Field (DOF) (Nigeria), Drik/Chobi Mela/Pathshala (Bangladesh), Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts (Bangladesh), Green Papaya (Philippines), Gudskul (ruangrupa, Serrum and Grafis Huru Hara) (Indonesia), Hill Artist Group (Bangladesh), Hong Kong Artist Union (Hong Kong), Invisible Borders (Nigeria), Jatiwangi Art Factory (Indonesia), Jog Art Space (Bangladesh), Jothashilpa (Bangladesh), Laboratoire Agit'Art (Bangladesh), Mata Aho Collective (Aotearoa), Pangrok Sulap (Malaysia), Shako (Bangladesh), Shelter Promotion Council (India), Shoni Mongol Adda (Bangladesh), Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh SECMOL (India), The Otolith Group (UK), Trovoa (Brazil), Ueinzz Theatre Group (Brazil), Uronto Artist Community (Bangladesh) Adrián Villar Rojas (Argentina), Clarissa Tossin (Brazil), Himali Singh Soin (UK and India), Haroon Mirza (UK), Tanya Goel (India), Ellen Gallagher (USA), Chitra Ganesh (USA), Ayesha Sultana (Bangladesh), Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria), Shezad Dawood (UK)

Additionally announced are the shortlisted artists for the 5th edition of the Samdani Art Award, curated by Philippe Pirotte, and which gives artists the opportunity to create new work for DAS and to be supported in a residency at Srihatta:
Ariful Kabir, Ashfika Rahman, Faiham Ebna Sharif, Habiba Nowrose, Najmun Nahar Keya, Palash Bhattacharjee, Promoti Hossain, Soma Surovi Jannat, Sounak Das, Sumana Akter, Tahia Farhin Haque, and Zihan Karim.

12 September 2019