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Critical Writing Ensemble

CWE Participants

Anshuman Das Gupta
Antonio Cataldo
Aunohita Mojumdar
Belinder Dhanoa
Bhavna Kakar
Chantal Pontbriand
Chus Martínez
Diana Betancourt
Dorothee Richter
Filipa Ramos
Geeta Kapur
Ghani Mariam
Katya García-Antón
Maria Lind
Marianne Burki
Nabil Ahmed
Nida Ghouse
Ovul O. Durmusoglu
Paul B. Preciado
Quinn Latimer
Rosa Martínez
Rosalyn D’Mello
Salima Hashmi
Sharmini Pereira
Yin Ker
Shukla Sawant

‘Critical Writing Ensemble’ (CWE) is a platform of panel discussions, lecture performances, group debates and readings, within the context of the Dhaka Art Summit 2016. The Critical Writing Ensembles is the result of a collaboration between Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council with the Office of Contemporary Art Norway, Dhaka Art Summit and Take on Art Magazine.

Symposium: The Art Review: Most Wanted, Most Neglected
6 May 2017 | Zürich Switzerland
The one-day symposium focused on the crisis of the art review. How do we deal with the most wanted and at the same time most neglected form of writing within the art world? The current situation was assessed in talks and panel discussions.

Belinder Dhanoa from India & Mustafa Zaman from Bangladesh will participate in the Symposium: The Art Review: Most Wanted, Most Neglected at Kunsthalle Zürich. The one-day symposium focuses on the crisis of the art review. How do we deal with the most wanted and at the same time most neglected form of writing within the art world? Organised by Kunsthalle Zürich in collaboration with Pro Helvetia and Office for Contemporary Art Norway, in dialogue with Critical Writing Ensembles.

Photo credit: Kunsthalle Zürich


Office of Contemporary Art Norway

Dhaka Art Summit

Take on Art Magazine

Kunsthalle Zürich

Critical Writing Ensemble, Dhaka Art Summit
3 – 8 February 2016 | Dhaka Bangladesh

CWE brought together peers from the South Asia region and beyond
Chus Martínez / Switzerland – Professor and Head of the Institute of Art at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel
Nabil Ahmed / UK & Bangladesh – artist, writer, researcher and lecturer at The Cass School of Architecture at London Metropolitan
Belinder Dhanoa / India – writer, novelist and Visiting Professor at the Literary Arts programme of Ambedkar University Delhi
Anshuman Das Gupta / India – curator, art historian and Faculty Member of the Art History department in Kalabhavan, Śāntiniketan
Rosalyn D’Mello / India – author and art critic
Ovul O. Durmusoglu / Turkey – curator, writer and Director of YAMA screen in Istanbul
Mariam Ghani / artist and writer
Nida Ghouse / writer, curator and Director of Mumbai Art Room,
Salima Hashmi / Pakistan – artist, curator, contemporary art historian and founding Dean of the School of Visual Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
Geeta Kapur / India – art critic and curator
Yin Ker / Singapore – curator, writer, translator and lecturer at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
Quinn Latimer / writer, poet and Editor in Chief of Publications, documenta 14
Maria Lind / Director of the Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm, Curator of the 2016 Gwangju Biennale, and independent writer and critic
Rosa Martínez / curator, writer and 51st La Biennale di Veneziaco-curator
Aunohita Mojumdar / writer and editor at Himal Southasian
Chantal Pontbriand / Canada – curator, critic and CEO-Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto
Paul B. Preciado / Spain – writer, author and Curator of Public Programmes for documenta 14
Sharmini Pereira / Sri Lanka – independent curator and publisher and Director and Founder of the publishing house Raking Leaves, Jaffna and New York City,
Filipa Ramos / Editor in Chief of art-agenda
Dorothee Richter / Switzerland – Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating at the School of Art and Design Zurich (HGKZ)
Shukla Sawant / India – artist and Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Devika Singh / India critic, art historian and University of Cambridge Research Fellow
Mike Sperlinger / Norway – Professor of Writing and Theory at Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Mustafa Zaman / Bangladesh  Editor of Depart magazine

Critical Writing Ensemble-DAS2016-Session 1-Chus Martínez

‘Critical Writing Ensembles. The Baroda Chapter’
17 – 19 December 2015 | Baroda India

A preamble to the Critical Writing Ensembles in Dhaka was held at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, on 17–19 December 2015. The three-day series of panel discussions, readings and workshops amongst regional peers was organised by TAKE on Art Magazine, in partnership with the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and in collaboration with OCA, with the support of Pro Helvetia New Delhi and the Raza Foundation, New Delhi. The segment constituted part of the ‘TAKE on Writing’ series and supported the magazine’s investment in sustaining critical writing practices in India.