Chobi Mela VII Theme Photo by Sandra Vitaljić3
What’s cooking at Chobi Mela? Well, the temperature is certainly rising!
It’s getting chillier in Dhaka but inside the Chobi Mela VII Secretariat and other Drik offices the temperature is slowly rising. It’s less than a month ’til the biennial international festival of photography kicks off in earnest and before that we still need to ring in the New Year, make our New Year’s resolutions, forget about them four days later, AND organise a festival.
And in the midst of all, don’t forget to call your mother, to take your vitamins, and to drink 2 litres of water a day.
The Chobi Mela Secretariat for now is staffed by three courageous musketeers also known as the CEB Team: C, the tough-talking communications manager, E, the project manager juggling everything and everyone, and B – the butt of the joke, as la intern!
So here we are, only weeks away from the festival, working hard to make sure we may bring another successful festival to Dhaka, the Bangladeshi people, and the international audience.
So pencil in those dates: 25th January – 7th February 2013 is when the festival is going to take place.
This time the theme of the festival is Fragility, exploring the quieter, more subdued and delicate moments in life, which the shutter of the camera usually misses or ignores. Most importantly, Chobi Mela as usual wants to show you a different point of view, a different perspective.
As Roger Silverstone said in his book Media and Morality: On the Rise of Mediapolis:
“The blacksmith’s doubling is, of course, also unusual insofar as we do not often see, nor indeed do we often allow, others to comment on us [the Western world] on our screens. The continuing dismay with which Al Jazeera is received in western societies, most especially in the United States, is not only because of the graphic horror of some of its images (we provide those on a daily basis) or the ferocity of the political rhetoric (likewise). It is much more fundamental. It is based on the breaking of a media taboo and the reversal of the customary taken-for-granted nature of media representation, in which we in the West do the defining, and in which you are, and I am not, the other.”