The ninth edition of Chobi Mela, the international festival of photography, will begin on February 3, 2017 with participation of 27 artists and 10 fellows from 16 countries of the world.
The festival will feature 31 exhibitions four workshops and several other panel discussions, artists’ talks, and seminars, said the organisers at a press conference held at a restaurant in the capital on November 23.
Drik Picture Library Limited and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute have been jointly organising the festival biannually since 2000.
Claiming the event as the Asia’s largest photography festival, the organisers said many big names of the world would participate in the ninth edition.
Chobi Mela will bring big names like Stanley Green, Alexander Supertono, Marcus Schaden and others, said the organisers.
Theme of ninth edition of the festival is ‘Transition’ which will display some unique photographs on the theme bearing both ‘poetic and political’ aspects. Moreover, the organisers said, 10 fellows will present commissioned works exclusively for the festival.
Festival director Shahidul Alam said, ‘Chobi Mela is the highlight of the Asian photography calendar. Exciting artists from all across the globe will be making their way to Dhaka for an event that is truly memorable.’
The festival will be curated by Munem Wasif, ASM Rezanur Rahman, Tanzim Wahab and Mahbubur Rahman. Alexander Supertono and Salauddin Ahmed are the guest curators of Chobi Mela IX.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will be the main venue of the festival. There will be several other venues in the Old Dhaka including Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts, Beauty Boarding and Lal Kuthi, said the organisers.
Mobile Exhibitions on rickshaw vans have become a trademark of the festival. They will travel over Dhaka city.
Moreover the organisers will have interactive programmes with the students of 15 schools and 10 universities.