Diana Campbell in conversation with Aphrodite Gonou
The legendary success of the Dhaka Art Summit and other ways institution building can create the kind of art world we want to see
Tuesday 20th June 2023 at 19:00
Since 2013, she has served as the Founding Artistic Director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation, Bangladesh and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, leading the critically acclaimed 2014-2023 editions and currently imagining the 2025 and 2027 chapters as a continuous ongoing curatorial project which builds infrastructure and new models for contemporary art making and public engagement with culture. Campbell has developed the Dhaka Art Summit into a leading research and exhibitions platform for art from South Asia, bringing together artists, architects, curators, and writers from across South Asia through a largely commission-based model where new work and exhibitions are born in Bangladesh.
In addition to her exhibitions making practice, Campbell is responsible for developing the Samdani Art Foundation collection and drives its international collaborations ahead of opening the foundation’s permanent home, Srihatta, the Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park in Sylhet. Concurrent to her work in Bangladesh from 2016-2018, she was also the Founding Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects in the Philippines, a non-profit international residency and exhibition program with sites in Manila and Bataan, and curated Frieze Projects in London for the 2018 and 2019 editions of the fair. She curated the 2023 edition of Desert X with Neville Wakefield in the Coachella Valley, California, and is on the facilitation group of AFIELD, an international network of socially engaged artistic practices. Her writing has been published by Mousse, Frieze, Art in America, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) among others.
In the context of this initiative, we will get to know art professionals who have made their mark in their respective field of action posing new questions, challenging traditional ideas, and ultimately opening new paths in contemporary art.