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BICN 21 September - 4 October 2000

Volume 4 Number 2


From the Editor


Feature Article 

Chobi Mela - Major Asian Photography Event Planned for Dhaka, Dec/Jan 2000

This Issue's Sponsors (Commercial Advertising)

Sovereign - "Attention Expats & Bangladeshis - Plan for a Sound Financial Future Now"

Events Calendar, Dhaka & Beyond




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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  .

P.S. From Drik: Sponsor Sought

Drik is also seeking a sponsor to cover poster production costs for a photography exhibition on environment and forest by an American photographer, to be held later this year. For more information, contact email  .




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