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Dhaka Art Summit, Feb 2014

An initiative of the Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka Art Summit brings together works by over 250 artists from countries including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Internationally acclaimed figures such as Jitish Kallat, Runa Islam, Shilpa Gupta, Shahzia Sikander, Rashid Rana and Nikhil Chopra presented major projects alongside some of the most exciting emerging names from the region.

Representatives from Tate Modern, The British Museum, Centre Pompidou and Solomon R.Guggenheim museum were among the speakers and jury members in attendance which included: Richard Blurton (Head of South Asian Section of the British Museum’s Asia Department), Caroline Bourgeois (Pinault Collection), Aaron Cezar (Founding Director, The Delfina Foundation), Lauren Cornell (Curator 2015 Triennial, New Museum, New York), Milovan Farronato (Director, Fiorucci Art Trust), Eungie Joo (Curator 12th Sharjah Biennial), Aurélien Lemonier (Curator, Centre Pompidou), Jessica Morgan (The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, Tate Modern), Sandhini Poddar (Adjunct Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Beatrix Ruf (Director, Kunsthalle Zurich) and Adam Szymczyk (Artistic Director, Documenta 14) among many others.

Amongst the invited speakers was Annoushka Hempel, founding director of the Colombo Art Biennale, invited to join a discussion panel themed ‘Pioneers of the South Asian Art World’ alongside Shahidul Alam (Director of Drik, Bangladesh), Pooja Sood (Director of Khoj, India) & Riyas Komu (Director of Kochi Biennale, India)

Hempel Galleries was also invited by the Dhaka Art Summit to showcase works by Sri Lankan artists during the summit. Works by Kingsley Gunetillake, Pala Pothupitiye, Anoli Perera, K. Pushpakumara, Jananda Laksiri & Pradeep Thalawatte were exhibited.

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