“Imagining Peace” Colombo Art Biennale 2009″
10th-14th September 2009
The first in Sri Lanka: Over 50 artists from around Sri Lanka
To promote and raise awareness of the idea of Peace in Sri Lanka through its creative culture and to provide an interactive forum for Sri Lankan contemporary visual art that will attract attention.
The concept of the Colombo Art Biennale was born in February 2009, in the midst of the long civil armed conflct. Perhaps an unusual time to launch an art event that is normally associated with prestige and leading cities around the world. The first CAB was launched just 4 months after the announcement of the end of the 30 year war.
““Artists in Sri Lanka have something to share with the world; an expression of the challenges of their daily lives, deepened by the rich mystical history of the country. Until now they have not been given the opportunity to be fully seen, or to express themselves freely to their optimum and they have so much to share.”
For the first time in Sri Lanka, Colombo will host its first Art Biennale with the theme
For five days CAB held in central Colombo’s Park Street Mews, comprising 14,000 sq ft of dramatic and impressive warehouse spaces filled with creative contemporary art and conceptual installation works. As well as the main venue, a map route was set up of several other Art Biennale destinations to visit around the city including galleries, street art, museums and studios.