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‘Red Utopia’ explores modern day communism

The exhibition is based on photographs from five countries (India, Italy, Nepal, Portugal and Russia) where communism still walks about and dominates local mindsets

Update : 04 Mar 2019, 01:07 AM

A photography exhibition, ‘Red Utopia,’ by Dutch photographer Jan Banning, was inaugurated yesterday at Drik Gallery’s Chobi Mela X on Panthapath. Curator ASM Rezaur Rahman was in conversation with the artist and provided the context to the audience. The exhibition is based on photographs from five countries (India, Italy, Nepal, Portugal and Russia) where communism still walks about and dominates local mindsets.    

Earlier in the morning, two discussions were held at the Goethe Institut. ‘Mirrors and Memories: Archival Practices Beyond Documentation’ was presented by Peter Pfrunder, director and curator of the Swiss Foundation for Photography. ‘Celebrating Mofussil Photographers of Bangladesh’ was another attraction presented by Festival Director Shahidul Alam.

Later in the afternoon, ‘Engaging the Archive: Storytelling and Scholarship,’ a panel discussion by Indian writer, curator, and educator, Alisha Sett, and writer, filmmaker, and cultural historian, Samia Khatun, was moderated by Nepali curator, artist, and activist, Nayantara Gurang Kakshapati, at the Goethe Institut.

In the evening, there were two artist talks scheduled to take place at the Goethe Institut by visual artist, writer, and researcher, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Indian singer, songwriter, and researcher, Moushumi Bhowmik. 

The tenth Chobi Mela, a most prestigious photography festival in Asia, began on February 28.

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