Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka 2011, to be held in London’s Asia House from March 1-12 will offer a survey of current developments in Sri Lankan art and an overview of the country’s most prominent artists working today.
The exhibition will present 25 diverse examples of Sri Lankan artwork.
Contemporary Sri Lankan art is set against a complex cultural history. In the modern era, popular acclaim has largely rested on artworks and movements of the last century such as the highly renowned and influential’43 Group.
This is partly due to scant criticism, literature and exhibitions of Sri Lanka’s creative output. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka has a radical and energetic contemporary art scene, which will be traced in this exhibition.
Established artists such as Muhanned Cader, Druvinka, Kingsley Gunatillake, Sanjeewa Kumara, Saskia Pintelon, Jagath Ravindra, Tilak Samarawickrema, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Jagath Weerasinghe and Anoma Wijewardene will exhibit alongside emerging artists Vajira Gunewardena, Dumith Kulasekara, Sujeewa Kumari, Prageeth Manohansa and Pala Pothupitiye.
An educational evening on March 10 will focus on the current direction of Sri Lankan contemporary art. A panel discussion and debate with one exhibiting artist, the curators and experts in the field will follow. Tickets can be purchased through Asia House (firstname.lastname@example.org).