2nd Dhaka Art Summit Concludes
North Bengal Times (Feb 10, 2014)
The 2nd edition of Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) concluded here on Sunday, ushering in a new era of South Asian contemporary art.
As it was envisaged by the organisers, the three-day art summit at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy from February 7-9 turned into the largest South Asian contemporary art festival in the world, allowing art lovers from allover the globe with a rare opportunity to learn about the vibrant art practices rooted in this region.
The Summit presented 14 solo art projects by internationally acclaimed and established artists from the region, most of which are supported by Samdani Art Foundation.
It stimulated a panoramic survey of artists from South Asian countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The Summit also generated a series of vibrant discussions among various collectors, curators and art professionals, allowing them to share their perspectives on collecting, innovation, institution building for the consolidation of a unique space for South Asian art.
Another feature of the Dhaka Art Summit was the exhibition of 10-shortlisted artists for the Sadmani Art Award.
Leading printmaking studio in the country, Cosmos Atelier-71 Printmaking Studio, also put on display some of the best studio prints at the event.
Chairman of Gallery Cosmos Enayetullah Khan in a note congratulated the organisers on going global with the 2nd edition of the Dhaka Art Summit, following the edition which mainly focused on artists from Bangladesh.
“The decision to take on a more international flavour was absolutely correct, since Bangladeshi art is just passing through a moment where a spark that has been ignited by a collective artists, curators, connoisseurs, and collectors can transform itself into a flame, with the right support,” he said.