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Ayesha Sultana, A Space Between Things, 2015/16, Courtesy Ayesha Sultana, Dhaka Art Summit, Samdani Art Foundation and Experimenter, Kolkata (IN) Photo: Jenni Carter

Diana Campbell Betancourt

09.08.2017 19:00 / A glimpse into Bangladesh’s grass-roots arts ecology
Location: Galerie 5020
  • Language: English
    Address: Residenzplatz 10, 5020 Salzburg
    While focused primarily on contemporary art, this talk will trace the development of artist-led institutions in Bangladesh from the late 1970s until today. Most people associate Bangladesh with poverty and ecological and industrial disasters, and are surprised to hear that the oldest still-existing biennial in Asia is in Bangladesh (the Asian Art Biennial, founded in 1981), as well as one of the oldest photography festivals in Asia (the Chobi Mela, founded in 1999), not to mention one of the world’s largest classical music festivals, the Bengal Classical Music Festival. These institutions were built from the ground up by artists who have been receiving unprecedented international mobility over the last five years, featuring in leading exhibitions such as the Biennale di Venezia 2015, Venice (IT), documenta 14, 2017, Athens and Kassel (DE), the 2016 Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju (KR), and many others. The lecture will speak about many of these practices and how they are contributing to the growth of a vibrant local art scene that draws many international visitors to the bi-annual Dhaka Art Summit.