Art historians, researchers and curators spoke on diverse issues related to contemporary art, importance of art collectives and others at two symposiums held at the ongoing Dhaka Art Summit.
The symposiums were organised as part of the ending weekend’s programme on Thursday and Friday of the nine-day summit, which commenced on February 2.
The first symposium titled ‘Displays of Internationalism’ began on Thursday noon with introductory remarks by Dhaka Art Summit chief curator Diana Campbell Betancourt and curator Amara Antilla.
The symposium featured talks by renowned art historians and researchers on regional and international exhibitions and biennales and their role as platforms of exchange among artists.
Art researchers like Nancy Adajania, Rina Igarashi, Patrick Flores, Ming Tiampo, Iftikhar Dadi, Atreyee Gupta, Kristine Khouri and Saira Ansari spoke at the symposiums.
Atreyee Gupta, assistant professor of History of Art at University of California, Berklee, spoke on the role of artists’ collectives, formed in the early twentieth century in India, to organise exhibitions and promote artworks.
Iftikhar Dadi of Cornell University spoke on how Asia and South Asia has emerged in the global art scene.
The second symposium titled ‘The Sunwise Turn’ held on Friday featured talks by Iftikhar Dadi, Nancy Adajania, Swati Chattopadhyay, Shigemi Inaga, Alan Antliff and others on cosmopolitanism in art and importance of archiving.
The fourth-edition of Dhaka Art Summit, organised by Samdani Art Foundation in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, will end today. The summit featured ten curated exhibitions showcasing paintings, installations, performance arts and sculptures by over 300 artists from 35 countries across the world.
Besides, the summit also featured 16 panel discussions, talks, film screenings, book launch and cultural shows as ancillary events.
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