We are pleased to invite you the next curator talk of On Making, 2020 – a series that delves into the age-old query of “how do we make?” Tracing the different arcs of art and exhibition-making and how these might respond to the changing contours of tomorrow, we have with us this week the multifaceted Founding Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation – Diana Campbell Betancourt.
As Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit since 2013, Diana has developed DAS into the foremost research and exhibition platform for art connecting to South Asia while concurrently building the Samdani collection and its future permanent art centre and sculpture park, Srihatta. The Art Newspaper named DAS 2018 as the highest daily visited exhibition in the world with over 35,000 visitors per day, and its 2020 edition welcomed 477,153 visitors over 9 days.
Concurrent to her work in Bangladesh, Campbell Betancourt was the Founding Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects from 2016-2018, a residency and exhibition programme in Manila and Bataan, Philippines. She continues to realise significant exhibitions at multiple institutions and galleries, including curating Frieze Projects in London in 2018 and 2019. She chairs the board of the Mumbai Art Room, one of India’s prominent non-profit spaces. She writes essays for various publications and lectures and teaches widely.
In her talk, Diana will take us through the paths that each of DAS’s four biennial editions, have paved for the subsequent ones to materialise and culminate into a meta narrative. She is joined in conversation by Phalguni Guliani and Saloni Doshi.