Festival of Photography, Chobi Mela II, opens in Dhaka
on the 20th November. The biannual festival featuring
exhibitions, workshops, lectures by visiting artists
and multimedia screenings by over 50 photographers
from over 30 nationalities will be shown simultaneously
in the major galleries in Dhaka from the 20th November
2002 till the 10th December. The evening screenings
will take place at the Goethe Institut.
festival will be launched through the opening of the
acclaimed international touring exhibition "Positive
Lies", which has already arrived from Sydney.
It will be opened by the Honourable Minister for Foreign
Affairs Mr M Morshed Khan, and the Honourable. State
Minister for Cultural Affairs Mrs Selima Rahman, at
10.30 AM at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The
show has been shown in prestigious galleries all over
the world including the UN Building where it was opened
by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi
The show, which documents community responses to HIV/AIDS,
has so far been shown in Adelaide, Amsterdam, Barcelona,
Canberra, Cape Town, Chaing Mai, Durban, Geneva, Johannesburg,
Kuala Lumpur, London, Melbourne, New York, Paris,
Perpignan, San Francisco and Sydney, and is scheduled
to go to Hong Kong and Tokyo after its showing in
The exhibition features work by the following outstanding
photographers, Mike Abrahams, Shahidul Alam, Gigi
Cohen, Mike Goldwater, C Moore Hardy, Fritz Hoffman,
Harriet Logan, Peter Jordan, Barry Lewis, Osamu Kikuchi,
Paul Reas, Denis Doran, Steve Pyke, Paul Lowe, Barry
Lewis, Jenny Matthews, Gideon Mendel, Jack Picone,
Christopher Pillitz, Mark Power, Eugene Richards,
Judah Passow, Dayanita Singh, John Sturrock, Roger
Hutchings and Stuart Freedman.
Other major exhibitions featured in the festival,
include World Press Photo 2002, "India"
by Sebastiao Salgado, and "Photographs"
by Morten Krogvold. The festival had a 'soft launch'
on Sunday the 17th November through an exhibition
on Bangladesh circus by French photographer Pierre
Claquin, at the Alliance Francaise. On the 20th, there
will also be exhibitions opening at the BPS Gallery,
Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Shilparag, Goethe Institut,
Gallery Chitrak, Bangal and Shilpangan.
Evening screenings will take place from 6.30 PM at
the Goethe Institut from the 22nd November till the
Further details are available from Drik Picture Library
or Pathshala, or the website www.chobimela.org