Dhaka Live Art Biennale, an international event organised by Back ART Foundation, has returned this year. The biennial event started off in 2017 with an aim to turn art into a social practice, thereby narrowing down the gap between art and public and to interact with the local and global artist communities.
Live Art includes performance art, experimental approach to theatre, voice art, action-based art, experimental movement in dance and other forms of performances in front of an audience.
The twenty-five-day (January 21-February 14) art extravaganza begins on January 21 with 8 performance art workshops. Artist and art critic Mustafa Zaman and Nazia Andaleeb Preema conducted the workshop that began at Zainul Gallery 1 and 2, Faculty of Fine Art (FFA), University of Dhaka (DU). The formal opening of the biennale will take place on January 31 at Bakultala, FFA, DU at 5pm.
More than 100 artists from 24 countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka, USA, UK and Vietnam are expected to participate in the biennale that will take place at several venues around the DU campus area like Zainul Gallery, Swimmimg Pool, Curzon Hall, Suhrawardy Udyan, Beauty Boarding and Ruplal House (Old Dhaka).
Diversity and multiculturalism are aspects that the organisers seek to address at the biennale. Back ART Foundation focuses on cultural diversity by bringing artists of various inclinations and nationalities to Dhaka. They attempt to answer the issues pertaining to the environment and to focus on awareness development through performance art. They further seek to connect communities across the city of Dhaka so that they develop an understating of diversity and harmony and focus on mythology and ritual-based activities.
Dhaka Live Art Biennale intends to create a common space for global live artists with Bangladeshi ones. It is expected to benefit the local art scene in many ways and be edifying in its processes.