The Dhaka Art Summit, the six-year-old private Dhaka biennale largely organised and funded by the Samdanis, took place a few days ago in Bangladesh. I had the pleasure to visit it and discover a very interesting art scene in terms of artists, collectors and audiences. To my great surprise, the affair was very well and professionally organised. Though some artistic choices were questionable, the Summit's artistic director, Diana Campbell Bettancourt, did a fantastic job.
One could feel she was in charge. Diana could answer all sort of questions about the artists and their backgrounds. She had a personal connection with all of them. She was everywhere, hands-on, guiding groups of children though the exhibition, helping with the slides during talks or welcoming museums' directors and curators. I wish to highlight the efforts to cooperate with international institutions, particularly to grant the Samdani Art Award.
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