Launch of Shifting Gravity in Venice

Book Launch: Shifting Gravity A Discourse on Biennials

May 30, 2013, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal,
Crozzola Hall, Venice, Italy

Cover Image: Choi Jeong Hwa, Welcome! (2013). Installation at the Kimdaejung Convention Center, designed for World Biennial Forum N? 1

The Gwangju Biennale Foundation is pleased to invite you to the launch of the book?Shifting Gravity on the 30th of May at Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. This?book, published by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation and Hatje Cantz, presents the issues,?discourses, and practices that have been evolving over the past 20 years with the?development of biennials around the globe.
The catalyst for this publication was the World Biennial Forum No.1, an international forum?held in Gwangju, South Korea in October 2012. The forum and publication were organized?through the collaboration of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, the Biennial Foundation,?and the ifa (Institut f?r Auslandsbeziehungen). During the five-day forum, directors and?representatives of biennials and a number of professionals discussed a wide range of?issues regarding biennials and their meaning as a global cultural phenomenon.
Shifting Gravity is composed of three main essays on the theme of biennials and thirty-nine?essays on different biennials held around the globe. Ute Meta Bauer and Hou Hanru, the?directors of the forum, took on the role of editors for the publication of the book.
Chobi Mela is one of the biennales featured.
For RSVP please contact:?Serene Pac

Profiling Africa's latest generation of photographers

DJ Cleo in 2013′ by Neo Ntsoma
Six-part series The New African Photography premieres on Monday 22 April 2013 on Al Jazeera English on Artscape. The programmes look at Africa through the eyes of its most acute observers: its photographers. Continue reading “Profiling Africa's latest generation of photographers”

Portfolio Reviews at Chobi Mela VII


Have your work critiqued by the world’s top professionals during Chobi Mela VII

Portfolio review will offer you an opportunity to meet with eminent photographers, curators and editors for useful advice and guidance on their works and careers.
Participants will have the opportunity meet up to?13 reviewers?over four days, with a 20 minutes individual session with each reviewer. Participants should bring their portfolio for review and we prefer small prints. Presentation of digital files on laptop/macbook or iPad/tab is possible but not encouraged.
Portfolio reviewers:?
Ruth Eichhorn/ Editor/ Geo Magazine
Richard Billingham/ Professor/ University of Gloucestershire
Patrick Witty/ Editor/ Time Magazine
Robert Pledge/ Editor/ Contact Press Image
Jody Haines/ Curator/ Brisbane Power House
Veneta Bullen/ Editor/ Guardian
Abir Abdullah/ Photographer/ EPA
Saiful Huq Omi/ Photographer/ Polaris
Sherri Dougherty/ Editor/ UN FAO
Hasib Zakaria?/ Lecturer/ Pathshala
Note ? The list of reviewers can change any moment without prior notice.
How to apply:

  • Send us?email at?
  • In your email,?please?indicate preferred session(s),?we will try to accommodate your?preferences. Please be aware that we cannot always guarantee your preferred session.
  • Please?submit your?bio and a link of your portfolio?in the same email. It is better to keep low resolution images on that link.
  • Participants will be selected for the Portfolio Review based on the portfolios submitted.
  • Selected participants will be announced online or via email.
  • Deadline for portfolio registration: January 23, 2013

Registration Fee: BDT 500?on arrival
Date: 27, 28, 29, 30 January 2013
Time: 13:30 hrs ? 16:00 hrs
Place: Pathshala ? South Asian Media Institute,?16, Sukrabad, Panthapath, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
Limited seats

Christopher Pinney to Attend Chobi Mela

Christopher PinneyLakshmi Photo by Christopher Pinney

Lakshmi Photo by Christopher Pinney

Christopher Pinney
Christopher Pinney ? Discussion: Archiving project in India
Saturday, 26 January, 4:30PM, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
Christopher Pinney ? Workshop: Transformations in the History of Photography
28-29 January, Speed 3
Christopher Pinney is an anthropologist and art historian. He is currently Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. His research interests cover the art and visual culture of South Asia, with a particular focus on the history of photography.
?Visual history?s modality is akin to psychoanalysis ? it tells us something about repressed histories that are important, but disavowed by standard textual history.? ??Christopher Pinney
Visit Christopher Pinney?s website:?
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NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati at Chobi Mela VII

Photo by Bhimi Gurung
Photo by Bhimi Gurung

NayanTara Gurung KakshapatiNayan Tara
NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati
NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati,
Presentation: ?Retelling histories; creating an archive for family photo albums in Nepal? by Nepal Picture Library
Monday, 28 January, 11AM, EMK Center
In 2007, NayanTara co-founded; a photography collective that has created a vibrant platform for emerging and professional photographers in Nepal. offers Nepali photographers learning opportunities through workshops and creates space for photographers to exhibit, publish and market their work in Nepal, the region and internationally.
Visit NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati?s website:?
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Ilaria Di Biagio and Ma?mouna Guerresi at Chobi Mela

Photo by Ilaria Di Biagio
Photo by Ilaria Di Biagio
For those blessed among you who speak Italian.?Internazionale?s?take on the Chobi Mela festvial:

?Il?Chobi Mela?? un festival di fotografia nato nel 1999, che si tiene ogni due anni a Dhaka, in Bangladesh. In questi anni ? diventato una delle manifestazioni pi? importanti di tutta l?Asia, grazie alla sua capacit? di ospitare fotografi da tutti i continenti.?
For more on?Internazionale?s??Un mondo fragile? click?here.

Among the 35 exhibiting artists at this year?s festival are also two Italian photographers –?Ilaria Di Biagiowith her series ?Fragile? and?Ma?mouna Guerresi?with ?Inner Constellations?.

Ilaria Di Biagio
Ilaria Di Biagio

Ilaria Di? Biagio?has been fascinated by photography since an early age. Di Biagio studied Visual Anthropology and Investigative Journalism in Rome, which led her to see photography as a documentary tool to investigate life. In the autumn 2011 she attended the diploma course in Advanced Visual Story-telling at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus where she started to focus her attention on more personal photography. ?The thin line? was on view in Denmark during the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2012.

Visit Ilaria Di Biagio?s website:?

Maimouna Guerres
Ma?mouna Guerresi

Ma?mouna Patrizia Guerresi?is a photographer, sculptor, and video and installation artist who divides her time between Italy and Senegal.

?I explore religious symbolism and feminine spirituality attempting to narrate the uneasiness, fascination and value of diversity. I remain mostly detached from Western culture, although I have maintained the classicism of my training, and I express myself using Afro-Asian references.?What interests me is stimulating the public, to get them to ask questions and reflect on a broader vision of the spirit. That and not stopping to assess and judge the world through the clich?s of race, sex and religion, etc? I am interested in bringing out issues that have been disregarded but not truly resolved.? ??Guerresi

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Richard Billingham at Chobi Mela

Photo by Richard Billingham
Photo by Richard Billingham

Richard Billingham
Richard Billingham
Richard Billingham ? Artist?s Talk
Monday, 28 January, 7PM, Goethe-Institut
British photographer Richard Billingham is best known for his series?Ray?s A Laugh, depicting and capturing the lives of his alcoholic father and obese mother during the 90s. In 2001, Billingham was shortlisted for the?Turner Prize?for his solo exhibition at?Ikon Gallery. He is currently based in Swansea but travels throughout the world. He is a lecturer in Fine Art Photography at the?University of Gloucestershire?and a third year tutor at?Middlesex University.
One reviewer noted about Billingham?s series?Ray?s A Laugh: ?Displayed in a line were scrungy photographs ? poorly lit, blurry, oddly framed, made from crappy film stock ? of scenes from a family life that cut through a century of posed studio portrait groups?Billingham?s images didn?t just evolve the genre; they smashed their way through to another kind of v?rit? encounter.?

Shahidul Alam introduces Chobi Mela

Video by Muhammad Aminuzzaman/RVJN
Video by Muhammad Aminuzzaman/RVJN

Festival director?Shahidul Alam?took the time to talk to us briefly about what we can expect of the up-coming Chobi Mela VII; even mentioning the whereabouts of a Rolls-Royce?


Chobi Mela Introduction by Shahidul Alam

Ruth Eichhorn from GEO at Chobi Mela

Ruth Eichhorn
Ruth Eichhorn ? Presentation: Trends in European Photography

Sunday, 27 January, 12PM, Edward M. Kennedy Center
Panel discussion: New Directions ? Shifts in Editorial Space
With Shahidul Alam, Ruth Eichhorn and Patrick Witty
Monday, 28 January, 12PM, Edward M. Kennedy Center
Together with Shahidul Alam and Patrick Witty?(TIME),?Ruth Eichhorn will participate in the panel discussion?New Directions ? Shifts in Editorial Space. She is the?Director of Photography?of the?GEO?magazines, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, since 1994. One day prior to the panel discussion she will also hold a presentation on?Trends in European Photography.
On top of her work with?GEO,?Eichhorn also heads the German nominating committee for World Press Photo?s Joop Swart Masterclass, and has been a member of the World Press Photo jury.