The ninth edition of Chobi Mela – International Festival of Photography in Bangladesh, one of the most prestigious photography festivals in Asia, launches on February 3 and will run until February 16, 2017. The festival is organised biannually by Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Since its inception in 2000, Chobi Mela has become the most significant photography event in Asia.
The Chobi Mela IX is organised under the Transition subject. The festival will feature over 30 exhibitions with work from 27 artists spanning 16 countries accompanied by workshops, portfolio reviews and artist talks. The list of exhibited photographers includes Kanu Gandhi, Stanley Greene, Nasir Ali Mamun, Naeem Mohaiemen, Pushpamala N., Igor Pisuk (DEBUTS 2014), Robert Zhao Renhui (doc! #26) and Donald Webber, among others.
Chobi Mela IX also commissions ten Bangladeshi artists as Chobi Mela Fellows to produce site-specific artwork for the festival. To investigate the theme Transition, artists from different backgrounds of painting, drawing, animation, sculpture, photography, video, sound and installation will stretch the medium physically and conceptually. Through this novel initiative, Chobi Mela aims to support new media artists of Bangladesh to develop independent projects with freedom rarely provided in formal art events.
Chobi Mela IX continues its tradition of recognising individuals who have dedicated their lives to the growth of Bangladeshi photography. We are honoured to announce that the Chobi Mela IX Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Nasir Ali Mamun and Sayeeda Khanom. Nasir Ali Mamun’s passion for portraiture gave us engaging, thought-provoking images of writers, poets, musicians, and artists, and Sayeeda Khanom continues to be a torch bearer for women in the field of photojournalism, which men have long tried to monopolise.
Ensuring access for the general public, which has always been an important part of the festival, mobile exhibitions on ricksha vans (a trademark of the festival) will travel all over Dhaka city including remote locations. The festival is free and open to the public.
More info @ www.chobimela.org