Samdani Art Award Announces 11 Finalists, Exhibition Curated by Simon Castets

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The Samdani Art Foundation, an art trust based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has announced the finalists for this year’s Samdani Art Award, which will be given out at the Dhaka Art Summit in February 2018. The finalists for the prize, which is open to Bangladeshi artists between the age of 22 and 40, will receive a three month residency at the Delfina Foundation in London.

The finalists were culled from a larger pool of semi-finalists and were chosen by Swiss Institute director Simon Castets, who will curate a show with all of the eleven finalists during the Dhaka Art Summit. From this pool, the final winner will be selected by a board chaired by Delfina Foundation director Aaron Cezar and made up of artists Sheela Gowda, Runa Islam, Subodh Gupta, and Mona Hatoum.

The exhibition curated by Castets will be up for the entirety of the biennial summit, scheduled for February 2-10 of next year.

“It is a tremendous honor to be working on the Samdani Art Award with the foundation’s wonderful team,” Castets said in a statement to ARTnews. “I had the privilege of meeting over 20 artists while in Dhaka, thanks to Aaron’s thoughtful pre-selection. The quality, scope, and urgency of most works made the task of curating a group of eleven positions to articulate in the group exhibition exceptionally challenging. They are reminders of the importance of the Samdani Foundation’s efforts in fostering further awareness of and providing support to Bangladeshi artists.”

The Samdani Art Foundation was founded by in 2011 by collectors Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani, and is headed up by artistic director and curator Diana Campbell Betancourt.

The full list of finalists is . . .

Ahmed Rasel (b.1988, Barishal)
Aprita Singh Lopa (b. 1986, Kishoreganj)
Asfika Rahman (b. 1988, Dhaka)
Debasish Shom (b. 1979, Bagerhat)
Marzia Farhana (b. 1985, Dhaka)
Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury (b. 1981, Noakhali)
Opper Zaman (b. 1995, Dhaka)
Palash Bhattacharjee (b. 1983, Chittagong)
Rakib Ahmed (b. 1988, Netrakona)
Reetu Sattar’s (b. 1981, Dhaka)
Sabbir Alam (b. 1982, Kushtia)

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