The eighth edition of Asia?s largest photography festival, Chobi Mela, will be inaugurated today at National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the city. The festival is organised every two years by Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.
President of Bangladesh Md. Abdul Hamid inaugurates the festival today. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor; director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Liaquat Ali Lucky; Lens Blog, editor and photographer of the New York Times; James Estrin and the Director of Photography of the Geo magazine, Ruth Eichhorn will be present as special guests.
On the occasion of the festival, a press conference was held yesterday at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi . The conference was led by the festival director, Shahidul Alam; curators ASM Rezaur Rahman and Munem Wasif were also present along with guest curators Salauddin Ahmed and Mahbubur Rahmant; participating renowned photographers of Chobi Mela VIII Kevin Bubriski from USA and Cristina Nu?ez from Spain were also present at the press conference. Alam also launched the Chobi Mela VIII catalogue yesterday at the press conference.
"Chobi Mela VIII elevates Bangladeshi art to a new level. The quality and breadth of the work is truly exceptional. The diversity and range, staggering. This festival is a turning point in curatorial approach and will mark a new approach in audience interaction. It is a coming of age of Bangladeshi photography," said the festival director, Shahidul Alam at the press conference.
Chobi Mela VIII will be a two week long festival, starting from today till 5 February 2015. The theme of the festival is 'Intimacy' and will feature more than 30 artists from more than 20 countries across the world. Scheduled for two weeks, there will be 33 exhibitions, 12 workshops, 2 days of portfolio reviews and several artist talks, lectures and presentations.
The festival will take place across 11 venues. Apart from some of the best galleries in Dhaka, the exhibitions will also be showcased in a number of outdoor venues and historic landmarks. Venues such as the Bokultola, Bulbul Lalitakala Academy of Fine Arts and Beauty Boarding help us take photography everywhere and make Chobi Mela more demographically inclusive.