Over the past several years, the Institute has built a comprehensive art program and promoted conversation around the visual cultures of South Asia through talks, conferences, and exhibitions.
With the inauguration of the South Asia Art Initiative, we are excited to move onto the next level with local, national, and international collaborations that combine creative energies with insights drawn from scholarly research.
Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani are the founders of The Samdani Art Foundation, a private foundation based in Dhaka that aims to increase artistic engagement between Bangladesh and the rest of the world and produces the Dhaka Art Summit. Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani will discuss their vision for the Dhaka Art Summit, an international, non-commercial research and exhibition platform for art and architecture related to South Asia. Founded in 2012 by the Samdani Art Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, DAS is hosted every two years at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani were recognized as the world's Top 100 Art Collectors by ArtNet News and received the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage award in 2017.
Chitra Ganesh is a visual artist based in New York. Ganeshs work across media includes charcoal drawings, digital collages, films, web projects, photographs, and wall murals. Ganeshs work has been widely exhibited, including at the PS 1/MOMA, Berkeley Art Museum, Fondazione Sandretto, MOCA Shanghai, and the Dhaka Art Summit. She has been named Robina Foundation Fellow for Arts and Human rights at Yale University Law School, the Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist, and Artist-in- Residence at New York Universitys Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program.
Established in 2013 with a generous gift from the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley champions the study of Bangladeshs cultures, peoples and history. The first of its kind in the US, the Centers mission is to create an innovative model combining research, scholarships, the promotion of art and culture, and the building of ties between institutions in Bangladesh and the University of California.