Organised by Britto Arts Trust, curated by Mary Angela Schroth and Paolo W. Tamburella
At the beginning of June the first Bangaldeshi pavillion at the Biennale di Venezia opened its doors. The Pavillion was initiated and organised by Britto Arts Trust in co-operation with the Italian Gervasuti Foundation. Five artists from Dhaka, emerging and established, present work around the theme of 'Parables' referring to the unspoken and implicit power underlying the notion of universal truths. The pavillion gives an interesting insight in the diversity and quality of contemporary art production in Bangladesh. Besides the quality of the individual works, it is very pleasant to see something specific at the biennale rather than one of the so many 'universal' pavillions.
The pavillion is also unique in the support it gets from both local Bangladesh arts community (90 artists participated in a fundraising event), the Bangladeshi Minister of Foreign Affairs (who proudly stated he was glad that finally Bangladesh was presented through a contemporary cultural language) and the Bangladeshi people living in Venice.
For more information see www.venicebiennale-bangladeshpavilion.org.
Britto Arts Trust and the Bangladesh pavillion are supported by DOEN through the Arts Collaboratory programme in co-operation with Hivos and the Mondriaan Foundation.