This year was the first time I was able to attend the Dhaka Art Summit, and I had a great time. Far better than expected. The usual gallery experience in Dhaka is sterile, bland, and wrapped up quickly due to lack of, well, art. But not this. Dhaka Art Summit was fun, interesting, and incredibly interactive. A dossier that could put many galleries in far off, Instagram friendly cities to shame. It took up three whole floors and then some at the Shilpakala Academy and it was a good two hours before I made my way out. A space such as this is so rare in Dhaka. Unfortunately, as we all know, space is a luxury in this city and be it for art or sports or music, spaces are far and few between. DAS managed to draw large crowds and is an overall success. Hopefully there will be more spaces such as this in the future.
– Talat Ahmed, Sub-editor, SHOUT