Kushtia and the venue

Kushtia is a cultural center of Bangladesh, and historic home to many artistic and intellectual giants of Bengali culture, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Kangal Harinath and most famously, Lalon Fakir, a great philosopher, social reformer, mystic, musician and visionary of the Baul Fakiri tradition, whose shrine has become a center for spiritual practitioners inspired by his message of universal love, freedom from prejudice and oppression, and harmony in diversity.

The campsite is situated by a large pond surrounded by many fruit trees, sculptures, and a few small structures used for CRACK Art Camp residencies

CRACK International Art Camp is located just outside the main town of Kushtia, at Smaran Matshya Beej Khamar, a local fish hatchery owned by artist Delwar Hossain. The campsite is situated by a large pond surrounded by many fruit trees, sculptures, and a few small structures used for CRACK Art Camp residencies, most notably the nightly artist meetings and presentations, and dormitory style accommodation for invited artists. The camps outdoor space is expansive and open, once surrounded by farmland, and being increasingly developed in recent years. Still, it offers ample opportunities to artists for large-scale outdoor installations inspired by the natural environment, with myriad possibilities for interdisciplinary and experimental work engaging the elements.