Diana Campbell Betancourt
Artistic Director and Chief Curator
Samdani Art Foundation and Dhaka Art Summit
Diana Campbell Betancourt (b. 1984, Los Angeles) is currently Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh, a major research and exhibition platform for art in South Asia. She is currently developing the Foundation’s forthcoming Srihatta- Samdani Sculpture Park and Art Centre opening in Sylhet at the end of 2018. In addition, Betancourt is Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects, Bagac, Philippines and chairs the Mumbai Art Room board. She has collaborated with several sculpture parks across the world on commissions of Indian sculpture and has curated numerous solo projects with artists such as Haroon Mirza, Simryn Gill, Tino Sehgal, Lynda Benglis, Shilpa Gupta, Shahzia Sikander, Naeem Mohaiemen, Runa Islam, Shumon Ahmed, Pawel Althamer, Raqs Media Collective, among others. She also co-curated “Rewind,” an exhibition at Dhaka Art Summit 2018 which traced developments in modernism across South Asia, anchored in Bangladesh with works on loan from the Bangladesh National Museum and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. She was recently a research fellow at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum tracing the development of the Asian Art Biennale.
Betancourt has consulted with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the New Museum, the FRONT Triennial in Cleveland, and Alserkal Avenue in Dubai on their inclusion of South Asia in their programs. She is on the editorial board of the “Exhibitionist” and recently published a book with Mousse in Milan (co-edited with Katya Garcia Anton and Antonio Cataldo) on the Dhaka Art Summit and its Critical Writing Ensembles. She holds a BA from Princeton University.
During 2016 and 2017, more than 80 scholars, artists, and curators visited MoMA as C-MAP guests. n conjunction with the 5 Questions interview series, we asked them a sixth question: How can MoMA better approach international artistic production and exchange?
Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of Dhaka Art Summit, interviewed Syed Jahangir, artist and founder of the Asian Art Biennale, the oldest existing biennial of contemporary art in Asia.
Diana Campbell Betancourt shares her thoughts on Bangladesh’s art history being written out of the dominant narratives of South Asia on account of its once being East Pakistani.