The summit’s aim was to address complex social, political and personal issues through a trans-regional narrative that aims to illuminate how the different nation-states, and the multiplicity of identities, languages and religions that it holds, exchanges and interacts with one another and the wider world. Diana Campbell Betancourt Chief Curator, Dhaka Art Summit February, 2016
The Dhaka Art Summit, produced by the Samdani Art Foundation, began on February 5, 2016 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The exhibition ran on till February 8, 2016 and attracted a staggeringly impressive number of viewers, patrons and participants.
The summit was planning to showcase the work of about 300 artists and scholars who are either originally from or have worked very closely with the South Asian region, and on top of that the platform was to evolve from an exhibit of art to a space of research and exploration of not only art but the very real philosophical conundrums that are gripping the world today through written and spoken words and through film.