19 July 2017

‘Out of time’

20/07/2017 – 5 pm
Language: English
Fachhochschule Dortmund
Auditorium, Department of Design
Max-Ophüls-Platz 2
44137 Dortmund

The lecture will concentrate on the exploration of time as a basis of the medium and as a metaphysical foundation for photographic work and inspiration.

 

11 July 2017

Contemporary Bangladesh, India and Pakistan were formed after decades of conflict, partition and socio-political movements that took place across the region from 1905–12 and 1947–71. The Bengal region has a recorded history of four millennia and a rich cultural and social history. Even as they are divided by national borders, the countries have much in common because of their shared pasts and inextricably connected futures.

Taking the struggles for independence as the starting point, this exhibition features the works of seminal and emerging photographers and filmmakers from Bangladesh and West Bengal in India. Their works are part of the visual developments of wider Bengal, conveying the turbulence and pain in its history, and touching on the complexity of social issues and diverse range of lived experiences within this region.

Co-curated by artists Sarker Protick and Munem Wasif (Bangladesh), Bengal Divided is an ongoing research and exhibition project first presented at the 2017 Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography, which has been specially adapted for the Esplanade Tunnel.

Artists:

Arko Datto (India), Jannatul Mawa (Bangladesh), Kushal Ray (India), Rashid Talukder (Bangladesh), Ronny Sen (India), Samsul Alam Helal (Bangladesh), Shahidul Alam (Bangladesh), Qaushiq Mukherjee aka Q (India), Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud (Bangladesh)

Public Programmes
Artist Talk by Sarker Protick and Munem Wasif (Bangladesh)
14 Jul 2017, Fri
7 – 8.30pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

1 April 2017

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Origin – Light Chamber at Chobimela IX 2017. The documentaion video can be seen here in HD

19 February 2017

“Astres Noirs” won the Australian Photobook of the Year Award.

If we look at the tradition of Music, ‘Jamming Session’/ Alap is a very fundamental component of the practice and quit unique too as no other medium usually creates that form of synergy. ‘Jamming’ builds a connection between the minds of the performers and flows without any predefined structure or plan. The fellow artists see each others eyes, the body and the movement of the hand, picks up when the other stops and continue. Like entangled particles.

These photographs were created almost in a similar manner, unknowingly of how it may transform. Thanks to Chose Commune who listened to them carefully and willing to create a space/book to record that session.

The first edition is now sold out but a second edition will be released this April. More darker (and with 12 hidden images).

6 November 2016

‘Of River and Lost Lands’ will be shown at Dispatches – Live News Through Art: An Exhibit from The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Partnership with the Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting.

Dispatches gathers and generates artistic responses to the news by 34 contemporary artists and photojournalists. The exhibition includes a survey of works from 2010 – present and launches a series of commissions, or “dispatches” on current events and the critical issues of our time.

The art works emerge from within and in defiance of today’s media landscape, ranging from real-time coverage to deliberately slow and analog forms. They enlarge our collective capacity to sensitively receive stories delivered in today’s unevenly regulated and fast flow of news. They decelerate the speed of information. Or, they organize collective efforts toward a more humanizing interaction.

Dispatches is divided into five thematic zones: Post-9-11 Realities; Borders and Migrations; Ecological Justice; New Forms of Social Action; and the 2016 US Presidential Election. An exhibition is a forum—one of the few public commons designed to cultivate our ethical and civic capacities to grapple with what is happening in our world. Dispatches invites you to enliven this forum and say something.

Dispatches educational outreach is realized in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit journalism organization dedicated to raising awareness of under-reported global issues through direct support for journalism and educational outreach.

TIME Selects the Best Photobooks of 2016

“Astres Noirs is an ethereal, other-worldly experience; figures bathe in half light, galactic dust clouds disrupt familiar landscapes and alien jellyfish seem to be suspended in motion. The duotone printing shimmers with an unique silver quality, providing an astonishingly beautiful publication with a tactility not often experienced in the photobook”.

http://ti.me/2fro4La

1 November 2016

fellows

First time in its feature, Chobi Mela IX is partly commissioning ten Bangladeshi artists as Chobi Mela Fellow to produce site-specific artworks for the festival. To investigate the theme Transitions, artists from different backgrounds of painting, drawing, animation, sculpture, photography, video, sound and installations will expand the possibilities of the medium and test the language of manifestations. These independent projects will be nurtured for six months through constant dialogue and guidance from the team of festival curators led by Mahbubur Rahman. Through this initiative, Chobi Mela aims to support new media artists of Bangladesh to develop their independent projects entailing experimentation and expansion.

In the ninth edition of Chobi Mela, Sarker Protick will show his current work ‘Origin’; a collection of photographs connecting with a Video and sound Installation that re-presents the artist’s exploration of Time and Space. The body of work takes a mix of approaches such as Photo tableaux but also combining that with photographs that were created more instinctively in daily surroundings. Together creating an expression that hints toward the more metaphysical realm of individual existence and experience.

Other Participants
Abir Shome, Arfun Ahmed, Golam Moshiur Rahman, Minhaz Marzu, Molla Sagar, Najmun Nahar Keya, Reetu Sattar, Salma Abedin Prithi, Sarker Protick and Suvra Kanti Das.

http://www.chobimela.org/chobi-mela-fellows/

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Exhibition: ‘Origin’
Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa 2016
The Young Subcontinent, our eyes our stories.
Adil Shah Palace, Panjim
December 16 – 23
More installation view here.

17 October 2016

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What Remains will be exhibited in DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE 2016 in the main curated show “We are from somewhere, but where are we going?” in Daegu, Korea.

“We are from somewhere, but where are we going?”

The ‘2016 Daegu Photo Biennale’, celebrating its upcoming 10th year of exhibition, will be based on the theme, “We are from somewhere, but where are we going?”. The exhibition is inspired by creativity, experimental spirit, time (history), space and the environment of Asia, which will be epitomized in the Main Exhibition and Special Exhibition 1 and 2.

As we have entered the present 21st century, people transcending national boundaries and the massive flow of information is drastically accelerating, and based on the energy that is leading these trends, Asian countries have been experiencing cultural closeness and complex historical interaction. The prevalence in the tremendous flow of energy is changing the overall situation in Asia, has put humans into a state of anxiety and is constantly motivating us to overcome ourselves. That is the reason for entitling the Main Exhibition, “Asian Express”, which embodies “drastic flow” and “individual expression”. From the Main Exhibition, we will be able to newly acknowledge our own existence as well as have a look into how each artist have understood this energy.

More info: http://daeguphoto.com/en/

 

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‘Astres Noirs’ is shortlisted for Paris Photo Aperture Foundation first book award.

Review by Robert Dunn on Photo Book Store Magazine:

“What do we do with black and white these days? Photographers can of course still shoot film, process it, print it; they can chase masters such as Garry Winogrand and Bruce Davidson as if it’s still forty, fifty years ago. But if a photographer wants to bring black and white into the current century—modernize it, exploit all the current possibilities—then what to do?

One approach that caught me at last year’s New York Art Book Fair was Antony Cairns’s LDN EI, in which he put his high-contrast black-and-white images on a hacked Kindle. Clicking through the “book,” you saw less a photo and more an arrangement of tones. I bought the Kindle version of LDN EI (still available), yet passed on the printed version—it wasn’t as interesting, not as pure an experience.

One exciting thing about Katrin Koenning and Sarker Protick’s Astres Noirs is that it brings experiment and new technology in black and white back into a physical, bound book—indeed, one of those photobooks that could only be an actual book. But what intrigues me most about Astres Noirs is that in a way it understands that it’s not black-and-white photography at all, but something else instead.

You get a clue to what’s going on as you open the book and find the words “All colours … within black.” Then you realize that half-hidden under a folded sheet is the word disappear, so the phrase reads, “All colours disappear within black.” And that’s what Astres Noirs is: a book of photos in which the colors have been removed. We call it black and white (or, as we’ll see, more accurately black and silver) because that’s what we’re used to, but in truth the book is onto something else. Just look at the title: In English, Black Stars. This book is not called Black Holes. Light and form do not disappear but instead shine forth, but mysteriously, ambiguously, contradictorily.”

Read more: Photo Book Store Magazine