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Colombo Art Biennale set for a big year

By ArtsHub ArtsHub | Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This month, the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB) will be taking over Park Street Mews, J.D.A. Perera Gallery and the National Art Gallery of Sri Lanka to exhibit a range of contemporary art from a variety of local and international artists.

Running from February 15-19, CAB will feature 24 local and 17 international artists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Australia and the U.S.

This years theme is ‘Becoming’ and aims to emphasise the possibility for development and positive change in Sri Lanka.

“The 2012 CAB theme ‘Becoming’ denotes the idea of potentiality of transformation or movement – a transformation that is initiated and in progress. While Becoming translates into an idea of a transitional space, meaning ‘possibility of being in a moment between two decisive ends’, it plays on the uncertainty of certainty, up-rootedness, giving it a sense of akathesia (state of restlessness), criticality and open-endedness eluding logical conclusions or undoubted convictions. Therefore, ‘Becoming’ remains distanced from what it was before, and it is the last space left for pondering before concretizing the trajectory’s end. It’s a space for envisions, doubts, self- reflections, mirroring and intensity of thought,” said co-founder Jagath Weerasinghe in The Sunday Times.

Curating the exhibition are curators Suresh Jayaram and Roman Berka, and this year will see a new face in the role of co-director of the Colombo Art Biennale, Neil Butler.

Te Sri Lankan artists to be featured at the Biennale are: Anoli Perera, Anoma Rajakaruna, Anura Krishantha, Varatharajan Balamurugan, Bandu Manamperi, Chandragupta Thenuwara, Dominic Sansoni, Fireflies featuring: Lakisha Fernando , Manori Jayasinghe, Therica Miyanadeniya, Vijayalan Thujiba, Inoka De Silva, Janany Cooray, Krishanthi Sepalika, Manori Gamarachchi, H. D. Shamila , Niranjala Gunasekera , Priyanthi Kumari , Layla Gonaduwa; Jagath Weerasinghe, Janananda Laksiri, Kannan Arunasalam, Koralegedara Pushpakumara, Kusal Gunasekara, Leo Pasqualge, Malaka Dewapriya, Manori Jayasinghe, Menika van der Poorten, Pala Pothupitiye, Pradeep Chandrasiri, Pradeep Thalawatte, Sanath Kalubadana, Tisath Thoradeniya, Vaidehi Rajasingham and Vimukthi Jayasundara.

International artists who will also be featured include David Barbarino – Germany, Aaron Burton – Australia, Sujan Chitrakar – Nepal, Christian Eisenberger, Hanna Hollmann, Karl Karner, Hans Schabus and Linda Samaraweerová – Austria, Erik van Lieshout – Netherlands, Tayeba Lipi – Bangladesh, Maria McCavana – Scotland/Ireland, Martha Rosler – USA, Erik Pirolt – Norway, Jesper Nordahl – Sweden, Christoph Schlingensief – Germany, Nigel Sense – Australia, Madiha Sikander – Pakistan, , Tori Wraanes – Norway and Vibha Galhotra – India.

More information on the exhibitions can be found at the official website.

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