DHAKA LIVE ART BIENNALE (D’LAB 2019)
Duo performance with Hans Christian van Nijkerk in Dhaka, Bangladesh
January 31 - February 7, 2019
Presents by Back ART Foundation
Dhaka Live Art Biennale is an international open and public platform for artists working in the field of live art who, using the body as means of art, aim to initiate public interaction, introduce local art forms, connect tradition through the deshi culture, crafts and puppets, food and wears, etc. Back ART Foundation, a non-profit art initiative launched this bi-annual Live Art event in 2017 with the aim of exploring sightlines of common struggle of turning art into a social practice, thereby ensuring a narrowing down of the gap between art and public, local and global artist communities.
Live Art as a discipline that includes performance art, experimental approach to theatre, voice art, action-based art, experimental movement in dance and other forms of performances, etc. When an artist makes art in front of a public or an audience in a co-opted space to initiate dialogues it can be called live art.
Diversity and multiculturalism are aspects that Live Art Biennale seeks address. Back ART Foundation focuses on cultural diversity by bringing artists of various different inclinations and nationality to Dhaka; it attempts to answer to issues pertaining to environment, which is focused on awareness development through artistic staging of performances; it also seeks to connect to communities across the city of Dhaka so that they develop an understating of diversity and harmony; it also set out to refer back to mythology, native language, ritual activities etc. in their projects to ensure a contextual growth of languages that are new and emerging, as well find a way to locate the commonality of "existence" and "spirit" that facilitate conversations and narratives of peaceful coexistence and democratic aspirations, thereby ensuring unhindered progress.
Back Art ensures the channeling of new thoughts between communities, faiths and cultures and peoples. Back ART believes that this Live Art Biennale will be a platform for all Live Art mediums where artists from all background and countries of origin can join with all types if living artistic traditions and it will transform into a magnificent local event with global as well as local narratives of diversity, social harmony and peaceful coexistence of communities and religions besides promoting artistic innovation entrenched into them.
supported by IASPIS/Swedish Arts Grants Committee