A 21st century story of home, away, and all the places in between

Contemporary art from the British Council Collection

31st Jan- 9th February, 10.00 am – 7 .00 pm at the Lionel Wendt and Harold Peiris Galleries . Colombo 7

Curated by Latika Gupta British Council brings Homelands an outstanding exhibition of contemporary works from their collection to Colombo Art Biennale 2014,Colombo’s cutting edge festival of International and local contemporary  visual Arts. In keeping with the Colombo Art Biennale’s  theme  of ‘Making History’  Homelands grapples with the relationship between self and place in a world of transitory identities and contested geographies. The exhibition is a unique take on contemporary British art by Indian curator Latika Gupta. Homelands excavates the idea of a ‘homeland’ to reveal a rich plurality of meaning; ideas of belonging, alienation, history and memory.

The first important show of contemporary international art to be held in Colombo the Exhibition opens  at the Lionel Wendt and Harold Peiris Galleries  on the 31st of January with a curated walk by the exhibition curator Latika Gupta  at 11 am.

The exhibition, in collaboration with Colombo Art Biennale 2014, will also feature artist talks, and curator-led walk. Anthony Haughey one of the artists featured in Homelands  is also a participating artists in Colombo Art Biennale 2014. His work will be on display at the JDA Perera gallery. Anthony Haughey will also be present for the duration of The  Biennale. He will be  ‘in Conversation‘ with the curator Latika Gupta on sat 1st at 10.30am and a panelist on the session  Art as Agency, Art as Counter Narrative on Saturday 8th Feb at the Goethe institut.

Today, many of us move across national boundaries. We are born in one country, we make another our home. In the criss-crossing of political, social and cultural borders, we live our lives through hyphenated identities: belonging here and there; inhabiting multiple places – both physical and metaphorical. Geographies that can be mapped as inter/national boundaries and as places conjured up by through remembering and imagining. What constitutes a homeland? Is it ethnicity? Language? Religion? Customs and beliefs? Are homelands those in which our ancestors were born? What of outsiders who live and make other lands their homes? Where do we reallybelong? Where is it that we hope to one day return?” – Latika Gupta, Curator

More than 49 Works by 20 of the world’s leading contemporary artists from the British Council Collection will be showcased at the exhibition. The artists featured are : 
Angus Boulton | Nathan Coley | Jeremy Deller |  Suki Dhanda | Jimmie Durham | Paul Graham | Graham Gussin | Mona Hatoum | Anthony Haughey | Tim Hetherington | Susan Hiller  | Anthony Lam | Langlands & Bell | | Rachel Lowe | | Raymond Moore | Cornelia Parker | Martin Parr |  Zineb Sedira | David Shrigley |

In this  group of contemporary artists, there are 4 Turner Prize winners and nominees namely Jeremy Deller (winner, 2004), Mona Hatoum (nominee, 1995), Langlands & Bell (nominee, 2004 ) and Cornelia Parker (nominee, 1997). Tim Hetherington was the winner of World Press Photo in 2007.

The British Council takes great pleasure in being able  bring this  landmark  exhibition of contemporary Art    to the 2014 Colombo Art Biennale. The exhibition will be on for the duration of CAB.

For more information Please contact Exhibition  Coordinator

Menika van der Poorten  at  menikav@gmail.com  or on 0777 899 154.