Asia's most celebrated photography festival, Chobi Mela, concludes today. Exhibitions at the festival will run from 11 am till 8 pm. The ten-day event started on February 12, 2021.
This year, Chobi Mela has a special edition, 'Shunno'. The festival is jointly organised by Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and Drik Pictures Library at the DrikPath Bhobon.
"Chobi Mela Shunno" features eight projects by 75 artistes from home and abroad, including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Srilanka. Some of the notable works displayed at the festival are in memory of eminent architect Bashirul Haq and the first female photographer of Bangladesh Sayeeda Khanum. This year, Chobi Mela paid a special tribute to their groundbreaking works.
The participating photographers and artists of the festival presented works from various mediums, including painting, film, installation, sculpture, video and sound, besides Pathshala Library Project with the Swiss artist-researcher Mara Züst in Chapakhana Archive. The festival furthermore featured a podcast series, Baba Betar radio programme and numerous artists' talks. Chobi Mela also observed Drik Day, Pathshala Day and Solidarity day to celebrate the history and journey of the festival on a wider spectrum.
This year, Chobi Mela held its special edition in contrast with the regular festival, which takes place every two years. This edition raised essential questions about its own purpose. Keeping safety in mind, direct participation of international artists has been avoided. This year, the focus of Chobi Mela remained within our neighbouring countries with virtual exhibitions and other online events, arranged for international and local audiences.