D’LAB 2017


Dhaka Live Art Biennale

Back ARTFoundation initiated and organized this performance based International Live Art exhibition – ‘Dhaka Live Art Biennale 2017’ for the first time in Bangladesh. In this event Back ART had selected and invited national and International practicing performance artists through an Open Call. This edition the theme of this Biennale was cast around the concept of “How The Body Traces Language and Culture: Profiles of Performativity”. 33 artists from about 13 countries had participate in this biennale. This first Live Art Biennale in Bangladesh was a big step for the Bangladeshi Contemporary Art Movement towards a future where art would be in proximity with the people as well as the global trends.

Performance as an art form is only about 30 years old in the art movement of Bangladesh. In the period of 1980’s performance art has been introduced as a medium of ART to the Bangladeshi art audience impacting the very relationship between artist and audience. Over the last five years it has become very popular as a dialogic medium in Bangladesh. Many events and workshops of performance art have been organized in recent years which allowed artists to present themselves through a framework taking the idea of the body and its place in the world in myriad situations. Since each performer use the body and its surroundings as living art materials, the communicative element is always reemphasized, making performance art one of the most popular form of practice.


First Edition D’LAB 2017

Donation Received:

  1. Zareen Mahmud, Snehashis Mahmud & Co.
  2. Biplab Biprodas, Chhobi Zulfiqure, Shubho O Saha, Uma Mandal

Space Supports:

  1. Dhaka University Physical Education Center
  2. Fine Arts Faculty, University of Dhaka

Event Collaboration and Volanteer Support :

  1. Prachyanat Experimental Theatre
  2. Dhaka University Photography Society