Diana Campbell Betancourt
6 March – 13 March 2017
Diana Campbell Betancourt (b. 1984, United States) is currently Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh, a major research and exhibition platform for art in South Asia. In addition, Betancourt is Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects, Bagac, Philippines. She has collaborated on commissions of Indian scupture with several sculpture parks across the world including, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, United Kingdom; de Cordova, Massachusetts, United States; and Wanas Konst, Malmö, Sweden. Betancourt has also curated numerous solo projects with artists such as Haroon Mirza, Simryn Gill, Tino Sehgal, Lynda Benglis, Shilpa Gupta, Shahzia Sikander, Naeem Mohaiemen, Runa Islam, Shumon Ahmed, Pawel Althamer among others. She chairs the board of the Mumbai Art Room, has been a Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, United Kingdom and the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France.
Responding to the context of the exhibition The Making of an Institution, Diana Campbell Betancourt will present a talk on the Dhaka Art Summit, reassessing the landscape for cross-border artistic initiatives in South Asia and addressing the urgent need to research the history of institutional building in the region, specifically in Bangladesh. This talk is part of Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review, a series of events that brings together directors and founders of organisations that adopt critical and innovative strategies to advance the development of contemporary art practices and discourses.
Betancourt will also engage and connect with local institutions, with a focus on building connections between South and Southeast Asia.