The Dhaka Live Art Biennale, a performance-based art international art exhibition, raises its curtains today on the Dhaka University campus. It will run until Friday.
D’LAB, as the biennale bills itself, brings together 50 practising performance artists from here and around the world under the theme – “How The Body Traces Language and Culture: Profiles of Performativity.”
The event’s organisers, Back Art – a group of young visual artists in Dhaka, works on interdisciplinary and contemporary art languages focused on Bangladesh. Live art includes performance art, voice art and theatre.
They are organising D’LAB for the first time in Bangladesh.
The event is expected to be a major step for the Bangladeshi contemporary art movement towards a future where art would be in proximity with the people as well as global trends, the organisers said.
Back ART was founded in 2013 as a conduit for contrarian art projects with the ambition to establish more non-conventional institutions and artists groups.
The group’s founder, Shubho Saha, said the biennale would give Dhaka’s residents an opportunity to experience a major gathering of performance artists at work.
The three-day live art exhibition was inaugurated at a seminar yesterday at Dhaka University’s Munir Chowdhury Seminar Hall.
Playwright, stage director and Dhaka University theatre and performance studies assistant professor Shahman Moishan presented a paper – The socio-aesthetic genesis of performance art – at the inauguration attended by co-founder and trustee of Britto Art Trust Mahbubur Rahaman, editor of Depart Magazine Mustafa Zaman and local art aficionados.
Participants Preema Nazia Andaleeb, director and creative editor at Bangladesh Brand Forum and Rokko Juhasz from the Slovak Republic also spoke at the inaugural programme.
Back ART has previously organised more than eight national and international art projects.