Polish sculptor Paweł Althamer has visited Bangladesh and India, where he performed and conducted workshops to celebrate the Year of Tadeusz Kantor.
One of Poland’s top artists, Paweł Althamer, was invited to Bangladesh and India by the Polish Institute in New Delhi and the Samdani Art Foundation, which is also the organiser of the Dhaka Art Summit biennale (whose next edition takes place in February 2016). Between 22nd March and 2nd April 2015 Althamer had a chance to take part in one of the foundation’s seminars, which are organised all year with the participation of international artists.
Paweł Althamer also carried out a performance inspired by Tadeusz Kantor’s play The Dead Class. Althamer’s performance Klasa życia / Class of Life was the first play involving a foreign artist to be presented at Dhaka University. Althamer also conducted an “illustrators’ congress” with the university's students.
The founders of the Samdani Art Foundation, Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani, were inspired by a sculpture park in Bródno (one of Warsaw’s districts) created by Althamer in co-operation with the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and invited the artist to Sylhet, a town on the border of Bangladesh and India. They plan to create a similar project in this area.
After Bangladesh the Polish artist visited India, where he conducted another two-day-long "illustrators’ congress” in Mumbai Art Room. The participants of the open-door workshops were predominantly children of the Colaba district, who drew and painted on the gallery walls together with Altheimer. The Mumbai “congress” was incredibly popular.
We couldn’t expect a better beginning to Tadeusz Kantor’s Year than with Paweł Althamer’s performance in Dhaka. We will share our recordings with Cricoteka; co-operation with Dhaka Art Summit organisers makes it possible for us to create a great project for 2016. The University of Dhaka, thanks to the Polish-Bangladeshi initiative, is interested in an artistic exchange and co-operation with ASP in Poland.
– said the director of the Polish Institute in New Delhi, Anna Tryc-Bromley.
Source: press materials, edit. AW, transl. Agata Dudek, 08/04/15.