Thursday 9 February

10.30 am

Opening Ceremony

11.00 am to 1.30 pm

Participants to the discussion hail from very different professional contexts, from “grass-root” art organisations to hybrid art initiatives of various dimensions to “traditional” public art institutions. Either identifying as curators or being referred to as such, they will sketch the contour of their perimeter of action. They will examine the ambiguous, sometimes precarious nature of their role and single out the aims of their practices. They will try to address the mutation of their roles, from exhibition-making to the production of knowledge.

The scale, as well as the scope of ambition of their institutions differ. Participants will discuss the hierarchies, imagined or real, of art institutions across the continent. They will examine the mutation of the curator’s roles across these hierarchies, and will discuss the adaptability of their position. They will also probe the possibility and limits of a dialogue between independent initiatives and public institutions. Could avenues of collaboration between their respective endeavours exist? How could their researches and projects be compatible?

Participants to the discussion are

  • Tayeba Begum Lipi – Founder, Britto Arts Trust (Dhaka)
  • Sangeeta Thapa – Founder of the Kathmandu Triennale, owner of the Siddhartha Arts Foundation (Kathmandu)
  • Pichaya Suphavanij – Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre (Bangkok)
  • Jingeun Cho – Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul)

Moderated by: Mr. Hadrien Diez – Adviser, Visual Arts Programme of Bengal Foundation (Dhaka)

1.30 am to 2.30 pm

Lunch Break

2.30 pm

Presentation of a regional art initiative: Kalakendra (Bangladesh)

3 pm to 5.30 pm

Local factors of politics, economy, geography and history all bear an important influence on curatorial practices. In this session, participants will explain how they integrate local topics of discussion in their interventions. Situating their specific working contexts and local experiences, they will detail their strategies to acknowledge local particularism in their curatorial interventions without forfeiting the greater objectives of their practice.

Local points of discussion/contention often find an extension in larger conversations at regional or global level – the legacy of colonization, or the place ecology should take in a country’s “development” are two relevant examples. Participants will discuss how curators can find convergence between local points of discussion and global conversations in their interventions. They will assess their own place in this process, and draw the possibility of a meaningful dialogue between local contexts and global issues.

Suggested panellists:

  • Umair Badeeu – Independant curator (Male)
  • Zarmeene Shah – Curator, Mohatta Palace Museum (Karachi)
  • Feng Feng – Course Director, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (Guangzhou)
  • Lian Heng Yeoh – Founder, Lostgens’ (Kuala Lumpur)

Moderated by: Mr. Nobuo Takamori – Curator, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei)

5.30 pm – 6.00 pm

Presentation of a regional art initiative: Longitude, Latitude (Bangladesh)

Friday 10 February

10.30 am

Presentation of a regional art initiative: Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh)

11.00 am to 1.30 pm:

This session will examine the role of the curator in the production of new knowledge and discourse. Panellists will explain the place that research hold in their practice. They will describe their methodology of research in fields where knowledge is lacking or inconsistent, and where research material are scattered, fragmented or sometimes non-existent. Participants will also examine the strategies they use to transcend the limits of their own knowledge to encourage multi-disciplinary approaches in their interventions and enlarge the perimeters of the conversations they initiate.

  • Sharmini Pereira – Founder, Raking Leaves (Colombo)
  • Vidya Shivadas – Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (New Delhi)
  • Nien Pu (Alice) Ko – Independent Curator (Taipei)
  • Nhu Huy Nguyen – Founder, Zero Station (Ho Chi Minh City)

Moderated by: Mr. Naeem Mohaiemen – Researcher, Columbia University (New York)

Saturday 11 February

10.30 am

Presentation of a regional art initiative: Chobi Mela

11.00 am to 1.30 pm

This session examines specific critical and art history backgrounds within which curators operate in Asia today. Specifically, panellists will address the usually accepted segmentation between “modern” and “contemporary” art to examine if and how it applies in their working environment. They will attempt to define what “contemporary art” could mean in various Asian contexts where some political bodies still function by Modern political standards founded on the supremacy of “reason”, the validation of the authority by power, or the acknowledgement of “progress” and “development” as central aspiration.

With regard to recent histories of fast-paced economic development and social upheavals characteristic to some Asian contexts, panellists will examine the validity of the notion of “contemporary art” and determine if it might have distinct characteristics in Asia.

  • Haema Sivanesan – Curator, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria), Bengal Foundation (Dhaka)
  • Dina Bangdel – Associate Professor, Director, Art History Program, Virginia Commonwealth University (Doha)
  • Nobuo Takamori – Curator, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei)
  • Nhu Huy Nguyen – Founder, Zero Station (Ho Chi Minh City)

Moderated by: Mustafa Zaman, Editor, Depart Magazine (Dhaka)

1.30 am to 2.30 pm

Lunch Break

2.30 pm

Presentation of a regional art initiative: No Man’s Land (India, Bangladesh)

3.00 pm

Presentation of a regional art initiative: Teh I Chu – Director, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan)

3.30 pm to 5.30 pm

Nobuo Takamori – Curator, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei)

Tanzim Wahab – Curator, Visual Arts Programme of Bengal Foundation (Dhaka)