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2nd edition to highlight South Asian countries

Cultural Correspondent

The second edition of Dhaka Art Summit will focus on the entire South Asian region and will be the largest event of its kind, declared the organisers at a press conference held on Monday at the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
People from all around the world can visit and discover South Asian contemporary art, they hoped.
This unique non- commercial event organised by Samdani Art Foundation in partnership with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will showcase over 250 artists including celebrated artists like: Jitish Kallat, Shilpa Gupta, Rashid Rana, Shahzia Sikander, Mithu Sen, Naeem Mohaiemen, Rana Begum, Tayeba Begum Lipi and many more from South Asia.
British Council, Goethe Institute, Alliance Francaise, Inclitex Chair of Spanish Language and Culture and Britto Arts Trust are co-partners of the summit.
The exhibition will continue from February 7 to February 9 next year at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Through the conference, the activities of the upcoming art summit have started officially, said the organisers.
Besides briefing the details of the upcoming edition of the summit in her written speech, Nadia Samdani, founder and director of Dhaka Art Summit, shared the success of the first edition of Dhaka Art Summit held in April 2012 focusing only on the local artists.
Director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky, a leading Bangladeshi art collector Rajeeb Samdani and artist Mahbubur Rahman were present among others at the press conference.
The upcoming summit will be overseen by a curatorial team, which includes international curator Diana Campbell Betancourt and Mahbubur Rahman, the founder of Britto Arts Trust.
The second edition of Dhaka Art Summit will present a series of programmes that will include six curated exhibitions at the Shilpakala Academy, focusing on the contemporary art of this region.
Bangladesh’s first Public Art Project using hundreds of billboards and mega signs conceived by Raqs Media Collective will be presented around Dhaka City.
Twelve solo art projects will also be presented at the summit venue by established artists from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Afghanistan.
The summit will also present performances and screening of experimental film by artists from the South Asian region. The summit will further include a panel of three discussion sessions focusing on South Asia. It will feature 32 local and international galleries by invitation only who focus on South Asian art.
Another attraction of Dhaka Art Summit is the Samdani Art Award. For the second edition, Samdani Art Foundation has collaborated with Delfina Foundation of United Kingdom. Artists will be selected through a nomination process, and 10 selected shortlisted artists will be showcased at the summit venue. There will be an international jury panel, chaired by the Director of Delfina Foundation, Aaron Cezar to judge the event; the winning artist will be given a three month residency at Delfina Foundation in United Kingdom.
Claiming that many international galleries and museums acquired artworks by Bangladeshi contemporary artists, displayed in the first edition of the Dhaka Art Summit, Nadia Samdani further hoped that the second edition would continue to be a platform for South Asian artists to gain exposure for their talents to the internationally acclaimed curators and galleries.

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