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4th edition of Dhaka Art Summit kicks off at Shilpakala today

4th edition of Dhaka Art Summit kicks off at Shilpakala today

The fourth edition of Dhaka Art Summit (DAS), one of the biggest platforms for South Asian art, will begin today on the premises of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Segun Bagicha in the capital, reports UNB. Samdani Art Foundation arranged the event highlighting the dynamic evolution of art in contemporary South Asia and reviving historical inter-Asian modes of exchange. The opening performance of ‘A Utopian Stage: Below the Levels Where Differences Appear’ will be held from 10:00am to 11:30am at the entrance of festival's building by  Reetu Sattar (Lost Tune) co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and Liverpool Biennial in association with Archaeology of the Final Decade A Utopian Stage.

The stage will present a series of contemporary live performances and film screenings that respond to the transcendental spirit of exchange between Asian and European/American expressions at the festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis between 1967 and 77. A project of Archaeology of the Final Decade is curated by Iranian Vali Mahlouji.

The performance with 30 musicians and 30 harmoniums will enthrall the visitors and art lovers.

The DAS 2018 will feature both an opening celebration weekend (February 2–4) and a closing Scholars’ Weekend (February 8–10) for the first time with several tiers of new programmes slated for both.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will be present as the chief guest while Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor and Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu as special guests.

Chairman of organising committee of Dhaka Art Summit Farooq Sobhan, BSA Director General Liakat Ali Laki, Samdani Art Foundation Co-Founder Rajeeb Samdani and Director Nadia Samdani will be present at the opening ceremony.

The organiser said that DAS is unique in its ability to be a true hub for art and architecture related to South Asia. Following the success of past editions, DAS 2018 will extend its duration of exhibitions and programmes to nine days, and will, for the first time, widen its focus to create new connections between South, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean belt.

They also informed that over 300 artists will exhibit across ten curated exhibitions while over 120 speakers from all over the world will participate in sixteen panel discussions and two symposiums that strive to ground future developments of art in South Asia within the region’s rich, yet lesser-known, past.

DAS 2018 will be held in a public-private partnership with the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the country’s National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, with the support of the Cultural Affairs and Information Ministries, the National Tourism Board, the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), and in association with the Bangladesh National Museum.

This will be the third Summit led by Samdani Art Foundation Artistic Director, Diana Campbell Betancourt, who returns as the Chief Curator of DAS 2018.

Alongside, ‘Every Kind of Sun’ by Neha Choksi Installation with live interaction will be held from 1pm to 2pm and 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the 1st floor lobby while notes on a film on Santiniketan illustrated lecture by Otolith Group will be arranged from 11am to 11:50am at Education Pavilion.

Alongside, a book launching ceremony titled ‘Museum Bhavan with Dayannita Singh and Frances Morris’ will be organised. The book is a pocket museum published by Steidli 2017. It was awarded Best Photo Book of the year at Paris Photo 2017.      

The opening day’s summit will end with the announcement of Samdani Art Award by Dr Maria Balshaw at 9 pm. l