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Culture Desk, The Daily Star, November 20, 2002

The 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.

The 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 Annan.

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 Dhaka.

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 2nd December.

Further details are available from Drik Picture Library or Pathshala, or the website www.chobimela.org