Alserkal Avenue will collaborate with the Samdani Art Foundation on Fabric(ated) Fractures, an exhibition set to open at Concrete, Dubai in March 2019. The group exhibition will feature works by Bangladeshi, South Asian and Southeast Asian artists, and will explore ‘sensitive spaces’ – spaces that challenge ideas of nation, state, and territory.
On show from 9-23 March 2019, Fabric(ated) Fractures will provide a platform to amplify the voices of artists from Bangladesh and South and Southeast Asia, and will build on the exhibition There Once was a Village Here held at Dhaka Art Summit 2018. Curated by Samdani Art Foundation Artistic Director Diana Campbell Betancourt, Fabric(ated) Fractures will also introduce new works from artists with a connection to Bangladesh. Alserkal Avenue and the Samdani Art Foundation both champion homegrown talent in their respective regions, and this exhibition will further highlight the importance of patronage in creating a springboard for dialogue.
Building on the longstanding cultural connections between the Middle East and South Asia, this collaboration will help highlight Bangladesh and the artists related to it. This collaboration serves as a bridge to Dhaka Art Summit 2020, which shifts its focus to explore Bengal’s position at the crossroads of historical exchange between Africa and Asia. Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Founder of Alserkal Avenue, says: “The contribution of the Samdani Art Foundation in creating a space for dialogue about the history and artistic practice in Bangladesh and South Asia is invaluable. This collaboration with the Samdani Art Foundation is a natural extension of Alserkal Avenue’s mandate to support regional talent and will strengthen our shared arts ecosystem.” The Samdani Art Foundation, is a private art foundation based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, was founded in 2011 by Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani to support the work of the country’s contemporary artists and architects.