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27 November, 2020 06:24:30 PM
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Eleven projects awarded Goethe's “Futures beyond the Self” grant

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Eleven projects awarded Goethe's “Futures beyond the Self” grant

Eleven awardees to take on ‘Futures beyond the Self’ 2020, initiated by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh. The awardees will receive up to 70,000 Taka as project grants to realize their respective projects in the coming months.

The results came November 27 after an in-depth evaluation process led by a panel of juries, who unanimously picked up projects that best fitted to the theme and context of ‘Futures beyond the Self’, according to a press release.

The awardees are Priyanka Chowdhury (research), Arifur Rahman (short film), Karkhana Collective (music), Murshed Jahangir (visual art), Parsa Sanjana Sajid (research), Emran Sohel (visual art), Samsul Alam Helal (photography), Sumana Akter (visual art), Shahla Islam (short film), Tahia Farhin Haque (visual art) and Tehai Interdisciplinary Art Initiative (performance art).

The jury involved were Visual Artist and Trustee and Founder of Britto Arts Trust, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Executive Director of Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB) Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta, Chief Curator, Bengal Arts Programme, Bengal Foundation Tanzim Wahab and Artist, Curator, Kalakendra Wakilur Rahman, as well as two representatives from Goethe-Institut Bangladesh Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director and K. Md. Mahmud Hassan, Programme Coordinator, the press release added.

The initiative seeks to provide a space for new ideas to flourish and for continued societal and collective engagement. It seeks to support both individuals and collectives in their endeavour to reflect, critique, and suggest alternative futures and pathways of “being in the world”.

The context for the “Future Beyond the Self” initiative:

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the environment of cultural engagements in the blink of an eye. Every day of the cultural scene has moved online, and this move has both disconnected some initiatives and activities, while, at the same time connected others. 

Furthermore, the pandemic has triggered us to look beyond our immediate human condition to contextualize our being in the world. 

How does what we do impact others? How do we consider the non-human and material worlds in our everyday actions? Which futures do we imagine beyond being self-centred on “surviving online”? Keeping these questions in mind, the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh invited all Bangladeshi artists, art collectives, cultural activists, and cultural organisations in late September to apply for funding for innovative projects under the initiative “Futures beyond the Self”.

Also readGoethe launches funding initiative for innovative art projects 

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