The tenth edition of Chobi Mela, the most prestigious photography festival in Asia, will launch on February 28, 2019.
In a press conference held yesterday at Drik’s new gallery at Panthapath in the capital, the organisers told the media about the upcoming festival programme. The festival will continue with many happenings till March 9, 2019.Chobi Mela - International Festival of Photography is put together biannually by Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Since its inception in 2000, Chobi Mela has been the most significant photography event in Asia and the first of a regular biennale.
At the press conference, the festival’s director Shahidul Alam presented an overview of the upcoming festival and introduced the newly formed Chobi Mela advisory board members. Prominent Indian economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen will join the board, among others. Besides, Shahidul Alam shared that eminent writer Arundhati Roy from India will be visiting upcoming Chobi Mela to join an artist’s talk.
The theme for Chobi Mela X is ‘Place’. Curated by ASM Rezaur Rahman, Munem Wasif, Sarker Protick, Tanzim Wahab along with guest curators including Naeem Mohaiemen and Sabih Ahmed, the tenth edition of the festival will be more intimate, with all venues situated in Dhanmondi area. The Drik-Pathshala under construction building in Panthapath will be the main venue along with other galleries of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Drik Gallery 1 & 2 (Dhanmondi) and Drik Gallery 3 (Panthapath). Chobi Mela X is also going to bring an exciting list of events. Artist’s talks, panel discussions and curated slideshow will be organised around the theme ‘Place’ at Goethe Institut Bangladesh auditorium. Pathshala South Asian Media Institute is the educational venue where workshops, and portfolio reviews will be held.
Chobi Mela X is to feature over 27 exhibitions with works from 35 artists spanning 20 countries. To investigate the theme ‘Place’, artists from different backgrounds of painting, drawing, animation, sculpture, photography, video, sound and installation will stretch the medium physically and conceptually.
The festival hosts workshops by photo practitioners from all around the world. This includes workshop by Peter Bialobrzeski, noted for his excellent photography teaching background. A bookmaking workshop by Valentina Abenavoli will be arranged with a group of photographers for hands on training on making their own photobooks. World renowned German publisher and bookmaker Gerhard Steidl will also give an artist talk on photobooks.
The festival is free and open to the public.