Press Releases : 2017/02

The 'Critical Writing Ensembles' anthology is now available for purchase through OCA’s website

Published 2017/02/06

Norsk versjon


Critical Writing Ensembles. Dhaka Art Summit 2016, an anthology published by Mousse
Edited by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio Cataldo

Available for purchase through OCA’s website and distributed in bookstores internationally

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo

OCA is pleased to announce the release of the anthology Critical Writing Ensembles which brings together essays, presentations, thoughts, poems, and various writing forms mirroring the eponymous four-day session held during the Dhaka Art Summit in February 2016. The publication is edited by Katya García-Antón, Director of OCA, with the collaboration of Antonio Cataldo, Senior Programmer of OCA. The book is paired with Dhaka Art Summit 2016, edited by Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director of the Dhaka Art Summit.

The ‘Critical Writing Ensembles’ in Dhaka brought together peers from the South-Asia region and beyond, including artist, writer, researcher and lecturer at the Cass School of Architecture at London Metropolitan, Nabil Ahmed; writer, novelist and visiting professor at the Literary Arts programme of Ambedkar University Delhi, Belinder Dhanoa; curator, art historian and faculty member of the Art History department in Kalabhavan, Śāntiniketan, Anshuman Das Gupta; art critic Rosalyn D’Mello; curator, writer and director of YAMA Screen in Istanbul, Ovul O. Durmusoglu; artist and writer Mariam Ghani; writer, and curator Nida Ghouse; artist, curator, contemporary art historian and founding dean of the School of Visual Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Salima Hashmi; India’s foremost art critic and curator Geeta Kapur; curator, writer, translator and lecturer at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Yin Ker; writer, poet and editor in chief of publications, documenta 14, Quinn Latimer; Director of the Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm, and independent writer and critic, Maria Lind; professor and head of the Institute of Art at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel, Chus Martínez; journalist and editor at Himal Southasian Aunohita Mojumdar; independent curator, publisher and director and founder of the publishing house Raking Leaves, Jaffna and New York City, Sharmini Pereira; editor in chief of art-agenda Filipa Ramos; director of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating at the School of Art and Design Zurich (HGKZ), Dorothee Richter; artist and associate professor of Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Shukla Sawant; critic, art historian and University of Cambridge research fellow Devika Singh; professor of Writing and Theory at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Mike Sperlinger; and editor of Depart magazine Mustafa Zaman.

The launch of the ‘Critical Writing Ensembles’ in Dhaka resulted from a collaboration between OCA Director Katya García-Antón, Dhaka Art Summit Artistic Director Diana Campbell Betancourt, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia Marianne Burki (Director of Visual Arts), the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia Chandrika Grover (Head of Liaison Office India) and Bhavna Kakar (Director, Take on Art Magazine).

Critical Writing Ensembles is jointly published by OCA, the Dhaka Art Summit and Mousse Publishing, with the generous contribution and support of Pro Helvetia. It is distributed in bookstores internationally and can be purchased through OCA’s website by following this link.

To request a complimentary copy for review please contact OCA’s Communication Manager Tara Hassel.

Bookstores worldwide interested in copies of Critical Writing Ensembles and Dhaka Art Summit 2016 for retail are requested to send an e-mail to

About Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a non-profit foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001. Its principle aim is to foster dialogue between art practitioners in Norway and the international arts scene, and support Norwegian artists in their activities around the world. As a result OCA’s discursive, exhibition, publication, residency and visitor programmes focus on bringing to Norway the plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates, as much as they are concerned with actively participating in such debates nationally and internationally. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.