Nadia Samdani is the Co-Founder & President of the Samdani Art Foundation and Director of the Dhaka Art Summit. In 2011, she and her husband Rajeeb began the Samdani Art Foundation to support local artists and promote Bangladeshi and South Asian art in the region and around the world. As part of this initiative, she founded the Dhaka Art Summit, which has since completed two successful editions in 2012 and 2014 under her leadership. Nadia is a member of the Tate South Asia Acquisitions Committee, Tate's International Council, Alserkal Avenue Programming Committee, Dubai and is part of the Parasol Unit’s International Committee. She has been named as one of the founding members of Harvard University, South Asia Institute Art Council.
Nadia is a second-generation collector and began her own collection at the age of 22. She collects both Bangladeshi and international art, reflecting her experience as both a proud Bangladeshi and also as a global citizen. She has written about collecting for Art Asia Pacific and Wall Street Journal ‘Live Mint’ and has been invited to speak about collecting at various international art fairs. Nadia has been named one of the Top 200 Collectors by Artnews, Power 100 by Art Review in 2015 and 2016, the World's Top 100 Art Collectors by ArtNet News in 2016 and her collection has been featured in many leading international publications.
Over the past four years Diana Campbell Betancourt has developed the Dhaka Art Summit to be the world’s leading research and exhibitions platform for art from South Asia, and developed a new philanthropic platform to shift the discourse away from an Indo-centric one by bringing together artists, architects, curators, and writers from across South Asia and through a largely commission based model where new work and exhibitions are born in Bangladesh. She has curated numerous solo projects with artists such as Haroon Mirza, Simryn Gill, Tino Sehgal, Lynda Benglis, Shilpa Gupta, Shahzia Sikander, Naeem Mohaiemen, Runa Islam, Shumon Ahmed, Pawel Althamer, Asim Waqif, and Raqs Media Collective as well as group exhibitions such as Rewind (with Amara Antilla, Sabih Ahmed, and Beth Citron) and Mining Warm Data, and initiated a free, alternative education program called Samdani Seminars which bridges the gaps in curriculum between the various art schools in Dhaka with international guest faculty. She chairs the board of the Mumbai Art Room, has been a research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute and the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, and has collaborated with sculpture parks including Yorkshire Sculpture Park, de Cordova, and Wanas Konst on commissions of Indian sculpture.
Formerly based in Mumbai for six years, beyond furthering and facilitating inter-regional South Asia dialog through her exhibitions and public programmes, Betancourt has a keen interest in inter-Asia dialogs and was a resident researcher at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in 2016 and co-curated the Mumbai City Pavilion for the 9th Shanghai Biennial in 2012 and her studies at Princeton included a concentration in Chinese Language and Culture. She has consulted the New Museum and MCA Chicago and many other leading institutions on their inclusion of South Asia in their exhibitions programs and has presented her research as part of MoMA’s C-MAP initiative. She is a nominee for the 2016 Independent Curators International Independent Vision Curatorial Award and a part of MoMA’s 2016 International Curatorial Institute, and giving the 2016 Key Note Lecture for Artspace Sydney’s International Visiting Curators programme.
In addition to her exhibitions making practice, Betancourt also is responsible for developing the Samdani Art Foundation collection, which has been recognized by ArtReview, Artnet News, and Artnews as one of the leading collections in the world. The collection, as well as temporary exhibitions related to it, will be visible in the foundation’s art centre that will open in Sylhet, Bangladesh at the end of 2018.
Shanay Jhaveri is Assistant Curator, South Asian art, within the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
A graduate of Brown University, with a BA in Art-Semiotics and the History of Art and Architecture, Shanay has a PhD in Curatorial and Critical Studies from the Royal College of Art, where his dissertation addresses the topic of self-identity in South Asian art: The Journey in my Head: Cosmopolitanism and Indian Male Self-Portraiture in 20th Century India – Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, Bhupen Khakhar and Raghubir Singh. His recent exhibitions include In Dialogue: Amrita Sher-Gil and Lionel Wendt (Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, 2014); Raghubir Singh and William Gedney (Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin, 2013); Companionable Silences(Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013); and India: Visions from the Outside (Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Bruges, 2012). Shanay has also curated film programs for Light Industry, New York, Cambridge University, - and in London the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images, the East London Gay Film Festival, Iniva, Frieze Art Fair, Tate Modern and the forthcoming 3rd Edition of the Dhaka Art Summit. Shanay’s books include: Western Artists and India: Creative Inspirations in Art and Design (Thames & Hudson and The Shoestring Publisher, 2013); Outsider Films on India: 1950-1990 (The Shoestring Publisher, 2010); and Chandigarh is in India (forthcoming Feb. 2016, The Shoestring Publisher). He has published widely in various art journals and is a contributing editor to Frieze Magazine. He is a trustee of the non-profit public space Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai, and a member of the Chinati Contemporary Council, Marfa Texas.
Nada Raza is an Assistant Curator at the Tate Modern who focuses her research mainly on Modern and Contemporary Art from South Asia. Raza was born in Karachi and completed an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Chelsea College of Arts and previously worked with Iniva and Green Cardamom in London. Raza was Guest Curator for The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014 which included artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Other recent exhibition projects include Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art (Tate 2013, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle 2014); Lines of Control; (Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University 2012) and Social Fabric (Iniva, 2012).
Aurélien Lemonier is an architect and a curator in the department of Architecture of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In the past ten years that he has been affiliated with the Centre Pompidou, he has curated extensive exhibitions on Robert-Mallet-Stevens, Dutch Avante-Garde Architecture, the History of the Modern Museum in France, Jean Prouvé, Bernard Tschumi, and most recently a Frank Gehry retrospective. Lemonier has been researching post-Independence South Asian architecture for the past three years and expanded the collection of architectural drawings at the Centre Pompidou to include the Middle-East and South Asian holdings.
Daniel Baumann is the Director of the Kunsthalle Zurich. Prior to this appointment, Baumann has been the curator of the Adolf Wölfli Foundation, dedicated to the outsider artist, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern since 1996. He has also directed the Basel exhibition spaces Kunsttangente and New Jerseyy, which he founded in 2008, and has organised exhibitions worldwide, including the series “Tbilis” in Georgia. In 2013, Baumann co-organised America’s oldest survey show for contemporary art, the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, alongside Dan Byers and Tina Kukielski.
Md. Muniruzzaman is a Bangladeshi curator and the Executive Director of Gallery Chitrak.He is also a freelance artist and has had several solo and group exhibitions.He completed his MFA in Fine Arts from the University of Dhaka in 1984.
Nikhil Chopra’s artistic practice ranges between live art, theatre, painting, photography, sculpture and installations. Chopra was born in Calcutta in 1974, and currently lives in Goa. After studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Maharaja Sayaji Rao University in Baroda, India, Chopra continued his studies in the USA, where he had his first solo exhibition, Sir Raja II, in 2003. Chopra’s performances on the international art scene began in 2008 on the back of a series of performances titled Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing Series that first opened at Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, and he has since exhibited at institutions such as the Yokohama Triennale, the New Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, among others.
Madhavi Gore is a visual artist whose interdisciplinary art practice engages performance, painting and drawing, craft and pedagogy. After University in the United States, Madhavi worked in Mumbai as an art writer with Art India Magazine, and went on to organise and facilitate studio-art workshops on new practices and critical thought for college-level students. Currently based in Goa, she collectively runs an international artist residency space, called The Heritage Hotel. The space had its first opening event in October 2014. Recently she has been collaborating with artists’ Jana Prepeluh, and her partner Nikhil Chopra, on ‘bodyworkshop’, a studio-art workshop focused on exploring transformation through the practice of performance.
Jana Prepeluh is Slovenian performance artist, currently based in Goa. She founded the Čumnata gallery and shop in Ljubljana where she scheduled thoughtful urban art projects and organized street-fashion shows. Together with Aleksandra Čalič she created a short video entitled Punk nije mrtav Kenedi (Punk Is Not Dead Kenedi). Her performance works include Wailing where wails and weeps, mourning people and situations either for her inner, personal reasons or at the request of others and Pri Tleh (Down To Earth) – a research on the attitude to non-material or manual work by overworked alienated individuals in a contemporary society in which work is still associated with social status. She also collaborates with the Slovene theatre group Grejpfrut.
Katya García-Antón is an English-Spanish curator, recently appointed Director of The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). García-Antón has been affiliated with several major international art institutions, including the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Museu d’Arte Moderno de São Paulo, Brazil; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London. García-Antón has had many curatorial triumphs, she contributed to the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, the flagship exhibition of the very first edition of the Qalandiya International Biennial in Palestine in 2012 and is set to curate the Norwegian Pavillion at 56th Venice Biennale 2015.
Beth Citron is the Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Rubin Museum in New York. In 2014 she organised "Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India" and "Witness at a Crossroads: Photographer Marc Riboud in Asia." For the museum, she also organised a three-part exhibition series "Modernist Art from India" (2011-13) and with Rahaab Allana of the Alkazi Foundation "Allegory and Illusion: Early Portrait Photography from South Asia" (2013). She has contributed to Artforum, ArtIndia, and other publications, and published "Bhupen Khakhar's 'Pop' in India, 1970-72" in the Summer 2012 issue of ArtJournal. She completed a Ph.D. on Contemporary Art in Bombay, 1965-1995 in the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and has taught in the Art History Department at New York University, from which she also earned a B.A. in Fine Arts.
Sabih Mohd Ahmed is a Senior Researcher at Asian Art Archive and has been a member of the Research+team since 2009. Based in New Delhi, he has overseen the Archive’s digitization projects in the country alongside other research initiatives. Ahmed completed Bachelors in Visual Arts with specialisation in Art History from the M.S. University of Baroda, following which completed the interdisciplinary MA program at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2009 and has organised and participated in numerous conferences and workshops internationally. He has been involved in doing research and archiving with art-critics and artists over the years and his area of interest is in investigating the infrastructure and institution of Art in the country.
Amara Antilla is an Assistant Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She is part of the curatorial team working on acquisitions and exhibitions focusing on three regions: South and South East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. In addition, Amara Antilla assisted on the first retrospective of celebrated Indian modernist, V. S. Gaitonde, V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life (2014). Previously, she assisted on various exhibitions for the museum's Asian Art Initiative, including the rotunda retrospective Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity (2011).
Eve Lemesle has been working in the arts sector since 15 years in Canada, Europe and India. She is a graduate of La Sorbonne in arts management and holds a diploma in South-Asia studies from INALCO (Paris). She started her career in the non-for-profit sector as an arts manager and curator at the Darling Foundry in Montreal. She moved back to Paris and curated international residency programs at the art centre Point Ephemère. After several visits to India starting in 2003, she settled in Mumbai in 2009, and started What about art? (WAA), a first-of-its-kind arts management agency in India. WAA produces ambitious art projects within the growing South-Asian art scene. Since its creation, WAA has collaborated with numerous galleries and cultural institutions in India, and handled projects for artists such as Shilpa Gupta, Rashid Rana, Nikhil Chopra, Tejal Shah to name a few. Among WAA recent projects is production of the solo exhibition of William Kentridge (Mumbai), production of the Public art program ArtC (Chennai) and conservation of important art collections in South-Asia. In 2013 Lemesle expanded the activities of the agency by starting a not-for-profit artists’ residency and a video lab in Mumbai that facilitates practice and exhibition of video art.
Emily Dolan is the Director of Operations and External Affairs . She originally trained as a visual artist and since 2002 has worked in art institutions, including five years at The Fine Art Society, her primary focus being contemporary art. More recently she has taken on production roles in non-profit organisations and has coordinated exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery in London, The 55th Venice Biennale, Garage Centre of Contemporary Art and Culture, Moscow, and the Chalet Society, Paris.
Mohammad Sazzad Hossian is the Head of Administration of the Samdani Art Foundation. He managed the successful execution of the first and second Dhaka Art Summits in 2012 and 2014. Sazzad Hossain completed his M.A. and B.A. from Stamford University Bangladesh majoring in English Literature.
Ruxmini Choudhury is a Curatorial Assistant for the Samdani Art Foundation. She Completed her BFA in Art History from University of Dhaka in 2014 and previously interned at the Dhaka Art Centre.
Nivriti Roddam is a graduate from the Parsons the New School for Design where she earned a degree in Design and Management.
Safiqul Islam is the architect for the Dhaka Art Summit, working on spatial renderings and possibilities for the different projects. After completion of his bachelor degree in architecture, he worked with several renowned architectural firms. Later he completed his master's degree in Construction and Real Estate Management from HTW Berlin University of Applied Science, Germany. He is now working in Braintrain Studio Limited as Senior Architect.
Abhijan Gupta studied Art History at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda. He has previously worked with the Majlis Cultural Centre, Mumbai and the Asia Art Archive, New Delhi.