In February, the 3rd edition of the Dhaka Art Summit offered unprecedented access to new works by South Asian and international artists. With over 138,000 visitors over four days, the biennial event acts as a pop-up museum, which is free and accessible to locals and visitors alike.
The Dhaka Art Summit was founded in 2012 by the Samdani Art Foundation (Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani) and was brought to life by Chief Curator Diana Campbell Betancourt. Consisting of a 2-year research platform and culminating in a 4-day exhibition, the Summit is the world’s largest non-profit South Asian art event.
In the Summit’s third edition, the ‘Solo Projects’ section of the event showcased a range of site-specific works by emerging and established artists from the region. We spoke to three of those artists – Shumon Ahmed, Ayesha Sultana, and Waqas Khan – about their contribution to the Dhaka Art Summit this year, as well as their impressions of the festival as an ever-expanding venue for artistic visibility.