is the final day of the Photographic Society of Sri Lanka's annual
exhibition being held at the Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre. This
year too, the entries cover a broad range of subjects-landscapes
and portraits, wildlife and nature, glamour and fashion, beauty
and the arts, the abstract and the contrived, news and life.
judges met on November 1 to select the best prints and those that
reach the standard for international exhibitions. The competition
follows the rules of the Photographic Society of America.
There are two
sections for entries, monochrome and colour, with several local
and international awards being presented in each. The judges for
this year's competition are Rani Wickremasinghe, Lakshman Nadarajah
and Chandi Chanmugam. The judges' prints will be specially displayed
at the exhibition.
round a little bit of east, west
By Ishani Ranasinghe
pushed boundaries. Perhaps that was to be expected when 15 creative
and committed young Sri Lankans and three designers from Europe
got together at Artlink 2003. This year's workshop, dedicated to
fashion in a practical sense, worked around the theme of "Body
wrap/ wearable art".
for ten days in Weligama, Artlink 2003 aimed at an exchange of expertise
and visions between Sri Lanka and Europe. Says Prasanna Liyanage,
co-ordinator of the workshop, "The artists came from different
backgrounds and their experience helped them go beyond the norms."
He feels the workshop has opened up avenues for these young artists
who are all in their twenties.
who were taken around Weligama drew inspiration from what they saw
and experienced. They were divided into groups according to what
they were inspired by, given a budget and asked to buy the material
from the area. "Each group had a painter, sculptor and designer,
which was a good mix," said Prasanna adding that their fusion
of talent brought about a rich intercultural experience.
the unfinished work of one group the use of colour was quite evident,
with their focus being to bring out the identity of the Southern
Province. "We also focused on making our clothes beyond the
frame and did not want to restrict ourselves to mannequins,"
says Malithi Ranasinghe from the University of Moratuwa.
main inspiration came from seashells. Having worked individually
and getting help from the instructors only when they felt they needed
to, they had an interesting design on one of their creations. After
applying body paint one of the participants was asked to roll on
a piece of cloth, which was used later as material for their design.
the theme, 'mystery of the sea' another group focused on feelings.
"We tried to bring out the feelings of the sea," says
Yojani Upananda from the University of Moratuwa. They presented
their work propped up on boats around the beach.
also from the Moratuwa University is the jewellery designer of her
group and shows us a necklace made of stones collected from the
beach. "I try to bring out the natural elements of the beach
through my jewellery," she says explaining that when someone
wears the necklace the skin represents the sand on the beach. "This
helps also to clearly show off the colours of the sea in its natural
I loved fruits for breakfast," says British artist Simon Thorogood
laughingly answering the question of what he had discovered in these
few days. Adding that he felt privileged to be a part of such a
group of youngsters Simon felt that the different cultures blended
from Germany adds that the influences she gained will help her develop
ideas. "Most of my photography revolves around textiles,"
she says adding that the experience of the new surroundings helped
her work. "The architecture of this place, the streets everything
influenced me a great deal.”
people trying to get their message across… What was it like
to be working together as a group? "It wasn't that hard because
ultimately we knew we had to come to one decision," says Yojani
adding that philosophically they were on the same wave length. The
residential workshop will culminate with an exhibition at the Barefoot
Gallery Colombo, from November 16 - 20.
and rock on the guitar
German classical guitarist Ulrich Steier will perform in concert
together with the String Ensemble of the Sri Lankan Philharmonic
Orchestra at the Barefoot Garden, Colombo 3, on November 22 and
23 at 7.30 p.m.
Uli, as he
is popularly known, will perform in Sri Lanka as part of the celebrations
organized by the German Embassy to mark the 50th anniversary of
diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Germany.
guitarist last performed in Sri Lanka during Christmas 2003, which
included a performance at the official residence of the German Ambassador
in Colombo.He also conducted guitar master classes for local specialist
This time at
the Barefoot Garden, Uli has arranged a fascinating and unique mix
of classical, pop and rock music, in addition to performing well-known
pieces from composers such as Albeniz, Bach and Vivaldi. Apart from
the concerts, Uli will also conduct a master class with Sri Lankan
guitarists. A collection of his masterpieces on compact disk will
be available for sale during the concerts.
The Lionel Wendt Theatre festival continues with Well Mudliyar directed
by Jith Pieris on Nov. 21, The Ashen Touch directed by S. Jeyesankar
on Nov. 22 and Mounathin Nillalil by Sumathy Sivamohan on Nov. 23.
Nillalil’ written and directed by Gratiaen award winner Sumathy
is an adaptation in Tamil of "In the Shadow of the Gun",
winner of the 2001 Gratiaen Prize for English literature along with
"The Wicked Witch" and is played by a cast of three, Sharmini
Masilamani, Vijayashanthan and Sumathy herself.
Nillalil’ narrates the story of women in wartime and how they
confront and negotiate with the power of silence overpowering their
lives. Savithri, an activist goes in search of women who narrate
their stories. She sees herself as the 'mother of the nation’.
She runs into an older lower middle class woman who asks Savithri,
"What women's group?"
In many ways
this question haunts the play. What are women's issues, what do
women's groups do, how does one delve deep into one's psyche? Her
poignant story of light and dark, good and bad, men and women propels
Savithri to move on, outside the domestic space. Suddenly she sees
a woman shot and wounded in a street corner.
What is her
story? The lines between home and street are blurred here. What
is the nature of the violence perpetrated against and by women?
Is it from outside or does it arise from the depths of society itself?
caught up in the same cycle of violence that is part of the stories
of the women. Savithri in the end becomes a narrative in her own
narration like the stories of the two victims of rape who dare to
challenge conventional wisdom. The tussle between Savithri's narration
and the narratives of the women forms the crux of the play.
is sponsored by The Sunera Trust and other well wishers. Music for
the production is by Vasuki Walker and Sumathy, set and costume
by Nimal Ekanayake. Ryan Holsinger handles the lighting with stills
by Lakshman Nadaraja.
A silent reflection
of the sacred
"The Soul of the Land', a photographic exhibition on the churches
of France will be held from November 21 to 28 at the Alliance Francaise,
Kandy. Looming straight upwards, in the centre of the village or
tucked away deep in the countryside, is the church, silent testimony
to the faith...It may not always display artistic excellence, but
it certainly expresses” the soul of the land".
The lens of
the camera sensitive and eager to rekindle the full impact of the
memory and nostalgia, stamped in its more often than not modest
belfries, bears witness to it.
Behind that lens is the eye of the true "lover", the word
"amateur" being used in the original sense of the word,
who chooses to spend his leisure hours in the heart of the countryside,
finding chapels, churches, sometimes in a state of partial disrepair.
colour photographs, Maurice Soulié invites the viewer to
share with him the joys of this ramble, depicting diverse churches
in a district of southwestern France, called Bas or Lower Quercy.
Most of them originating from the Middle Ages, and the time of Crusades,
were destroyed or ravaged by the savage struggle of men - the "Hundred
Years' War", the "Wars of Religion", the "French
Revolution" - but always rebuilt.
in this picturesque landscape perpetuates the eternal presence of
the sacred. The exhibition will be opened on Friday, November 21
at 6.30 p.m. by Father Martin Quéré, Founder Member
of the Alliance française de Kandy.
This is the
last cultural event organised by the Alliance française de
Kandy at 412 Peradeniya Road. From January 1, 2004, the Alliance
moves to its new premises at 642, Peradeniya Road.
'Me and my experiences'
By Lakmali Jayasinghe
"This is me; I try to depict myself and what I experience through
my paintings," smiles Jagath Ravindra whose exhibition "The
Reconstructing of a Man", will be held at the Paradise Road
Galleries from November 18 to December 9. This is Ravindra's 9th
solo exhibition since 1993.
an art director at an advertising agency, he is also a visiting
lecturer at the University of Kelaniya. "I have been interested
in art for as long as I can remember. Since 1993, I have had exhibitions
like "Silent Figures", "Broken Dialog", and
"Isolated Man" says Ravindra.
I draw is very much influenced by philosophical thoughts; I think
that art and philosophy go hand in hand. Most of what I draw is
abstract and sublime and there is more than what meets the eye,"
done about 500 paintings so far and out of his collection he has
exhibited around 400. He uses acrylic on canvas for his creations.
really matter what you draw as long as you express yourself through
the medium. For me it's another universal language," says the
artist who will display around 22 of his works in this showing.