The exhibition of the Morton Krogvold ‘s students work opened at the Asiatic Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhaka on the 25 January, 2011 – 5th day of the Chobi Mela VI – International Festival of Photography. The work is a result of a workshop conducted by Krogvold at the Festival.
No doubt it was a day of joy and triumph. The day belonged to the First Year students of Pathshala, South Asian Media Academy and their most loved and admired teacher Morton Krogvold.
Chris Riley, a presenter and a visitor from U.S.A. describes it best: “…it was a euphoria of images that told of life and love, of death as life and of the sheer bloody brilliance of the human spirit. It is a body of work that is as unified as it is diverse, representing the innocence of young artists and the seriousness of their intent. Sure, they had been whipped into shape by their frustrated teacher but the whipping had been to a frenzy of creativity, personal, explicit and powerful. It was a joy to behold and, for me, the thrill of Chobi Mela. All the exhibitions of work are carefully curated and thought through. The talent is indeed international. But all of it is a background and stimulant for what is actually created here in Dhaka by an international group of students from far and wide. It is a hint of a future Dhaka, a city of light that is beginning to attract the storytellers of future history.”
Chobi Mela has over the years survived through sheer ingenuity – “ By the skin of its teeth; “With seconds to spare”; “In the nick of time,” “ By a hair’s breadth”; “At the last possible moment;” “In the best possible way” — and yesterday was no exception. The photographs were printed, framed and hung in record time of 48 hours after a five day workshop. And then at the last possible moment it was discovered that the Chief Guest had forgotten about the invitation and was still at home. But in true Chobi Mela style, a phone with a good audio facility was found and he joined in by phone to declare the exhibition open.