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1mile² Dhaka

Britto Arts Trust organised 1mile² projects between 2009-15.

In 2009, Britto Arts Trust led Bangladesh’s biggest ever public art programme as part of 1mile² Dhaka. Working with local artist Mahbubur Rahman, ecologists BELA and artist Syra Miah (UK), the project took place across Old Dhaka, on the banks of the Buriganga River, at Ahshan Manjil Museum and in Modhupur, the indigenous forest home of the Garo — one of Bangladesh’s most prominent tribal peoples. The project involved video workshops mapping the canals of Old Dhaka, kite making with local children and a public open day with exhibitions and artists’ interventions taking place in 19 venues across the square mile.

In 2013, artists participated in the initiative with different community and educational projects on a variety of media like video, film, photography, sound work, installation, performance and research based projects in different locations of Old Dhaka. Participants were filmmakers, photographers, visual and performance artists, including Mahbubur Rahman, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Laila Sharmeen, Manir Mrittik, Munem Wasif, Reetu Sattar, Kazi Salauddin Ahmed, Sarker Protick, Anisuzzaman Sohel, Jamil Akbar Shamim, Yasmin Jahan Nupur and TejoshHalder Josh. The researchers for the project were Jafrin Gulshan and Shaswati Mazumder. The venues were Bahadur Shah Park, Pogose School, Patuatuli , Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA), Beauty Boarding, Eshwar Das Lane, Jubilee School Market, Lalkuthi , Farashganj Orphanage, Ruplal House , Shyam Bazar, Ruplal Das Lane, Panch Bari, Boro Bari , Dhaka Kendra, Malakatola and Shyam Bazar Ghat. The Open Studio Day of the festival showcased the works of 40 participating artists of 1mile².

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Britto Arts Trust is an international organisation based in Bangladesh, working to promote young and emerging artists since 2002.