BICN 21 September - 4 October 2000
Volume 4 Number 2
IN THIS ISSUE
Chobi Mela - Major
Asian Photography Event Planned for Dhaka, Dec/Jan 2000
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** Chobi Mela - Major Asian Photography Event Planned for Dhaka, Dec/Jan 2000
Chobi Mela (starts 15 Dec 2000 at the National Museum) will be the single
biggest photographic event ever in Asia. The festival will open with the World
Press Retrospective 2000, and continue for one month. The Festival is being
organized by Drik Gallery in cooperation with Alliance Francaise, Goethe
Institut, Royal Netherlands Embassy, British Council, and Pathshala-The South
Asian Institute of Photography. It will be an annual event to showcase, among
other things, the present state of photography in the region.
The theme for the first year is to look at differences, and discover the
current state of photography in the region while placing present day
photographic practice in a broader international context. The nature of the work
will range from fine art photography, to conceptual practices, through to
photojournalism, industrial photography and digital imaging.
A unique exhibition "The War We Forgot", which will pool the images
of photography legends like Don McCullin, Raymond Depardon, Marc Riboud, Mary
Ellen Mark, David Burnett, Raghu Rai, Marylin Sylverstone, Abbas, Rashid
Talukder and Kishore Parekh on the war of liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, is
being especially curated for the festival by Robert Pledge, the President of
Contact Press Images. Photographers from different countries are invited to join
this historic collaboration. Before the eve of the 30 years' of Bangladesh's
independence, the pool of photography is sure to unearth a rediscovered wealth
of our recent past.
Apart from the group exhibitions where work from around 100 countries will be
included, collective works from Bangladesh, China, France, Germany, India,
Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and the
United States of America are also being exhibited, some especially commissioned
for the festival. Fine artists and documentary photographers from different
fields of photography will participate individually and in groups.
Drik Gallery is looking for volunteers for this event. Volunteers will work
from mid-November to the end of December.
For more information, contact S. M. Mayeen Ahmed, Coordinator, Chobi Mela,
House 58, Road 15A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209, BANGLADESH, Tel: 017544346 (mobile);
(880 2) 9120125, 8123412, 8112954 (Drik); fax 9115044; email firstname.lastname@example.org
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photography exhibition on environment and forest by an American photographer, to
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