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Audio recording of 'Institution as Amplifier', a talk by Samdani Art Foundation Artistic Director Diana Campbell Betancourt.
Alserkal Residency kicked off its fall programme with a public presentation by Selection Committee member Diana Campbell Betancourt, who spoke about her work as Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation.
Diana Campbell Betancourt is a Princeton educated American curator who has been working in South and Southeast Asia since 2010 primarily in India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines and is now based between Brussels and Dhaka. Since 2013, she has served as the Founding Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, leading the critically acclaimed 2014, 2016, and 2018 editions. Campbell has developed the Dhaka Art Summit into a leading research and exhibitions platform for art from South Asia, bringing together artists, architects, curators, and writers from across South Asia through a largely commission based model where new work and exhibitions are born in Bangladesh, and has realised significant projects with artists such as Raqib Shaw (cocurated with Maria Balshaw), Tino Seghal, Lynda Benglis, Raqs Media Collective, Shahzia Sikander, Shilpa Gupta, Haroon Mirza, and many others through this unique platform. In addition to her exhibitions making practice, Campbell is responsible for developing the Samdani Art Foundation collection and drives its international collaborations ahead of opening the foundation’s permanent home, Srihatta Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park, opening in Sylhet in early 2019.