Chobi Mela Festival opened Thursday the 28th of February in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Søren Pagter and DMJX participated in the festival, which has exhibitions, talks, workshops and many other things. Chobi Mela runs till the 9th of March.
The traditional rally with dancing and shouting opened the Chobi Mela Festival on the 28th of February in the streets of Dhaka. In the image Topu Tanvir Murad, head of the photo department at the Pathshala School dances with a student. In the background, the newly released founder of Pathshala and Chobi Mela, Shahidul Alam holds the banner of the festival. Photo: Søren Pagter
The Chobi Mela Festival presents a lot af of various exhibitions, for instance with Vanessa Winship, Jan Banning, Susan Meiselas Rafal Milach and others. Also students from the Pathshala School exhibited at the festival. Among the students’ exhibitons was work by Turjo Mushfiq Mahbub, who is currently an exchange student at DMJX. Turjo exhibited his portraits of Rohingya refugees (picture). Photo: Søren Pagter.
Habiba Nowrose at her exhibition at Chobi Mela. Habiba is a Pathshala student, who studied at our Photo I programme in the spring 2018. Photo: Søren Pagter
DMJX student Christian Nordholt (left) is currently an exchange student at Pathshala. During the Chobi Mela, Christian participated in one of the workshops – The Narrative Impulse with Salvatore Vitale. In the image, Christian, Alan Hill from RMIT and Søren Pagter are taking a rickshaw from one festival event to another. Photo: Søren Pagter.
Abir Abdullah, Principal of Pathshala speaks to Alan Hill (left), teacher at RMIT and David Campbell from World Press Photo before the opening of the retrospective exhibition of Rashid Talukder, which opened at Pathshala’s own school gallery. Photo: Søren Pagter.
Søren Pagter speaking at the Chobi Mela event “Should Photography be Taught?” – a debate with Karen Fromm, Hochschule Hannover – University of Applied Sciences and Arts and Munem Wasif, Pathshala moderated by Alisha Sett. The festival offered at lot of vaious artist’s talks and debate, among others a talk by Fred Ritchin and by four Pathshala alumni. Photo: Sebi Berens / Chobi Mela X
Network Meeting with Pathshala and different participating partner schools from countries like Germany, Australia, Nepal and Denmark. The meeting was held on Pathshala Day, which is the 2nd of March, the birthday of the school. Photo: Sebi Berens / Chobi Mela X.
The birthday of Pathshala was celebrated with screenings of work made by students from the different partner schools and it ended with a concert with a Bangladeshi band playing their own versions of traditional songs. Photo: Søren Pagter.
Portfolio review at Pathshala on 3rd February 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Here with Søren Pagter. Photo: Sebi Berens / Chobi Mela X.