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‘Api’- I am because we are

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During CAB 2016 on the December 16th, 17th and 18th CoCA, collective contemporary artists will continue their ongoing solution focus community engaging Art project ‘Api’ at the Vajira Sri Children’sDevelopment Center,Kotte.

The First stage of the project was initiated two years ago focused on improving and enhancing Vajira Home’s educational, social and ecological environment. For this CoCA engaged with Vajira Home’s community, artists, along with friends and supporters of CoCA.

With the children from the center, CoCAinitiated an idea to develop an educational and interactive community play-garden. It is for play, to educate and connect communities around Art work. It is to ‘grow’.

Creative play and design ideas for the play-garden was initially developed with the children, taking into consideration children’s own imaginative ideas and needs. The interactive play-garden emphasize on holistic education, life experiences and learning beyond the confines of the classroom and the formal educational environment. This ongoing project provide a platform for children and adults alike to learn subjects such as Math, Science, Languages etc while engaging with physical and arts base activities. The interactive play garden will provide a platform to connect communities with recycling processes and practices.

We, the CoCA, are open to network with various organizations and individuals who are interested in engaging with this process, in the spirit of mutual exchange of skills and resources.

The project is designed to focus and develop the personal growth in multi- cultural communities by supporting each other and to promote the interconnection between nature, culture and society as sources of knowledge, meanings, values and identity for sustainable development of diverse communities through creative activities. ‘Api’ is a sub project of the ‘SYMBIOSIS’ project. 

 

ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

WHEN: 16th December 2016

TIME: 9.00 A.M – 12.00 PM

WHERE: Vajira Sri Children’s Development Center,

21/25 AnandaBalikaMawatha,Sri JayawardenepuraKotte

ORION EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP

For children at the Vajira Center, conduct by ThilinaHeenatigala

Project:

Orion Experience is a tactile astronomy-art installation which promotes education through art as its key ingredient. Exploring the astronomical distances between the stars, it shows a thought-provoking space conceived between the stars, the light years, and our view from the Earth. Orion Experience further allows people with vision impairment to ‘see’ the stars through a tactile observation.Cube Out Of the Box – mobile multifunctional space will be used as a workshop space at the event

Profile:

ThilinaHeenatigala is an astronomy communicator working in astronomy education and interdisciplinary science for development. His focus is on using astronomy as a tool for the development, specially students in developing countries and underprivileged communities at a global scale. In 2010 he co-created the ‘AstroArts’ programme with Astronomers Without Borders to support artists inspired by science, particularly astronomy. He works with Leiden Observatory (The Netherlands), Science Office (Portugal), Europlanet (UK) and NúcleoInteractivo de Astronomia (Portugal), supporting educational programmes.

WHEN: 17th December 2016

TIME: 9.00 A.M –4.30 PM

WHERE: Vajira Sri Children’s Development Center,

21/25 AnandaBalikaMawatha,Sri JayawardenepuraKotte

ORGANIC GARDENING

Continue building the organic garden and creating  ongoing educational play areas with the children at the Center.

WHEN: 18th December 2016

TIME: 9.00 A.M –12.00 PM

WHERE: Vajira Sri Children’s Development Center,

Orion Experience workshop

for Vajira home Children Conduct by ThilinaHeenatigala

ORION EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP

For children at the Vajira Center, conduct by ThilinaHeenatigala

Project:

Orion Experience is a tactile astronomy-art installation which promotes education through art as its key ingredient. Exploring the astronomical distances between the stars, it shows a thought-provoking space conceived between the stars, the light years, and our view from the Earth. Orion Experience further allows people with vision impairment to ‘see’ the stars through a tactile observation.

Profile:

ThilinaHeenatigala is an astronomy communicator working in astronomy education and interdisciplinary science for development. His focus is on using astronomy as a tool for the development, specially students in developing countries and underprivileged communities at a global scale. In 2010 he co-created the ‘AstroArts’ programme with Astronomers Without Borders to support artists inspired by science, particularly astronomy. He works with Leiden Observatory (The Netherlands), Science Office (Portugal), Europlanet (UK) and NúcleoInteractivo de Astronomia (Portugal), supporting educational programmes

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The Face in Your Place I & II

Saskia Pintelon 2014

On the occasion of Saskia Pintelon’s solo exhibition at Saskia Fernando Gallery and her participation in the CAB a publication was made. The book entitled ‘The Face in Your Place I & II’ is a rendering of the work on display at JDA gallery during the CAB 2016.

An official launch and signing by the artist is programmed at Saskia Fernando Gallery on 3rd Dec 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

In the period of 2005-07 Saskia Pintelon, Belgian artist residing in Sri Lanka made a series of large graphic works called the ‘Faces’ This series of paintings resulted in a book in the form of a leporello entitled ‘The book of Faces.’

In 2012 Pintelon began revisiting her own work in this printed publication. The original ‘Faces’ become ‘Other Faces’ as she relentlessly – at first delicately, later more radically reworked, altered, camouflaged, transfigured, disfigured and sometimes destroyed or obliterated the images of the original ‘Faces’. Pintelon used the images of her own work as a base and intervened with collage and mixed media. This resulted in more than 35 unique artist books that are artworks in themselves.

Two of these customized leporellos stand apart from all the others, they are entitled ‘The Face in Your Place I & II’ and are exhibited as part of the CAB 2016, displayed in vitrines.

They began as a kind of a joke whereby Pintelon wished to prove that her work fits in any place or environment. She set about making collages in the ‘The Book of Faces’ with found material of spaces.The results are tongue in cheek images where her ‘faces’ appear in the most diverse spaces from cozy home interiors, to museums, galleries, libraries. These fractured parts of the faces appear in a wide array of forms. Certain are just an eye peering through or hanging in a space, others look like real artworks hung amongst others, still others are like in-situ installations, whilst others seem naturally part of a wall or décor.

The effect looks strikingly natural as it looks as if the fractured ‘Faces’ have always been part of the décor or setting. Some give a voyeuristic impression, giving the eery feeling that someone is looking into the space. Others are more intimistic. The part of the Face, is a foreign element, a dissonant in the image and yet often it merges seamlessly with the space and the other elements.

It is Pintelon’s way of conceiving space with her customary humor. She intervenes in the images of an existing space to make it her own and simultaneously intervenes in her existing work and thereby gives both a whole new life and meaning. Like someone once said that no home in Sri Lanka was complete without a painting by Saskia Pintelon she wanted to show that she is able to appropriate any space. She enters given spaces and through her intervention alters not just the physical, visual reality of them but gives them another soul.

A publication of the exhibited work ‘The Face in Your Place I & II is on view and for sale at CAB info and ticketing point. A book – signing by the artist is programmed at Saskia Fernando Gallery on 3rd Dec 6 30 – 8 30PM.

All the proceeds to the artist from the sale of her work or publications go directly to BAFF, a Sri Lanka based non-profit organization.

 

 

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From Artist To Artiste

The Sooriya Village is honored to be part of The Colombo Art Biennale 2016 to present a unique dining experience, coupling its love for the world of art with comfort food created by renowned chef Koluu. The Sooriya Village is a facility that breaks the boundaries between galleries and restaurants, with its vast spaces which are constantly redesigned by non-auditioned and non-curated individuals. The duty of the artist/artiste then becomes to create a relationship between the space, the tables, the food, and the audience, allowing for mixed reactions from the diner according to their experience. This way we allow the audience to decide whether the art is a complementary good to the restaurant or if it is an added feature.

The days proceedings include Musical Performances, Live Paintings, Mehendi Collections, SFX Make Up tutorials, and Knitting & Designing, all taking place simultaneously allowing the diner to enjoy their meal whilst being exposed to the creators in their work-in-progress mode.

Location:- The Sooriya Village located at No. 49 Skelton Road, Colombo 05
Date:- 4th of December 2016
Time:- 11:00am to 3:00pm
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Mullegama Art Centre Children’s Art Project for CAB 2016

Creative expression is often inspired by an artist’s surroundings and their engagement and understanding of the spaces they inhabit. In an age where, increasingly, many aspects of life are becoming concentrated within the confines of indoors and digital space, the art of understanding context through conversation, exploration, and observationcan often be sidelined.

In hopes of re-igniting the love of exploration and strengthening important interpersonal skills of the young, 2010 Sovereign Prize Winner Pala Pothupitiya, 2016 Sovereign Prize Finalist, Pradeep Thalwatte and coordinator Lalith Manage, with a collaboration of local artists, will lead an exciting, experiential 6 day workshop for 21 children. Participants hailing from the Mullegama Art Centre, Sri Palee Campus (University of Colombo), and from the communities within Slave Island, will explore popular and industrious, everyday walking routes as guided by the inhabitants of Slave Island. The inspiration gathered from observations and first- hand experience of the topography, industries, and community ties will be expressed in artistic form through paintings and sculptures –utilizing sketching, digital documentation, and scrap material gathered by students during these walks.

The unique sculptures and artwork depicting aspects of life in Slave Island as seen through a youngster’s eye, will be displayed throughout Slave Island during the Colombo Art Biennale.

This project is funded by the Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong, which aims to provide recognition to the growing contemporary art talent in Asia, and bring proven benefits of art therapy to marginalized children.

Photo Credits: Mullegama Art Centre

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CAB Team visit to Liverpool Biennial

The Colombo Art Biennale, as a member of The New North and South, a three-year programme between a network of three Northern cities and five South Asian biennials (Kochi, Lahore, Karachi and the Dhaka Art Summit), and the British Council were awarded an ‘An Ambition for Excellence’ The Whitworth, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Liverpool Biennial, and the Tetley in Leeds, will work with the Lahore, Kochi, Colombo, and Karachi biennials and the Dhaka Art Summit on a series of co-commissioned exhibitions, performances, critical dialogues and professional development activities.

In July 2016, the CAB team visited the Liverpool Biennale for the second conference of the New North South. Representatives from the five South Asian Biennales and from the Art Institutions of Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds, convened at the Liverpool Biennale for a 4 day conference, the main agenda of which was setting the programme for the three year partnership between the three Northern UK cities and the five South Asia Biennales. The CAB team were also able to visit some of the Liverpool Biennial attractions, including upcoming CAB2016 participant Assemble’s commission for the Liverpool Biennial. http://www.biennial.com/collaborations/granby-workshop

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DHAKA Art SUMMIT 2016

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Annoushka Hempel at INDIA ART FAIR 2016

Annoushka hempel, founding director of Colombo art Biennale was part of the panel discussion about ACCESS AND INTEGRATION IN THE ARTS ACROSS SOUTH ASIA at the India art fair 2016. 

The discussion was moderated by Amit Jain, associate vice president-client relations, Saffron Art.
The Panel included speakers such as Dr Dina Bangdel, associate professor and director, Art History Programme, Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar, Nepal Arts Council, Osman Waheed, chairman, Lahore Biennale Foundation and Sabih Ahmad, senior researcher, Asia Art Archive
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Dhaka Art Summit, Feb 2014

An initiative of the Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka Art Summit brings together works by over 250 artists from countries including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Internationally acclaimed figures such as Jitish Kallat, Runa Islam, Shilpa Gupta, Shahzia Sikander, Rashid Rana and Nikhil Chopra presented major projects alongside some of the most exciting emerging names from the region.

Representatives from Tate Modern, The British Museum, Centre Pompidou and Solomon R.Guggenheim museum were among the speakers and jury members in attendance which included: Richard Blurton (Head of South Asian Section of the British Museum’s Asia Department), Caroline Bourgeois (Pinault Collection), Aaron Cezar (Founding Director, The Delfina Foundation), Lauren Cornell (Curator 2015 Triennial, New Museum, New York), Milovan Farronato (Director, Fiorucci Art Trust), Eungie Joo (Curator 12th Sharjah Biennial), Aurélien Lemonier (Curator, Centre Pompidou), Jessica Morgan (The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, Tate Modern), Sandhini Poddar (Adjunct Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Beatrix Ruf (Director, Kunsthalle Zurich) and Adam Szymczyk (Artistic Director, Documenta 14) among many others.

Amongst the invited speakers was Annoushka Hempel, founding director of the Colombo Art Biennale, invited to join a discussion panel themed ‘Pioneers of the South Asian Art World’ alongside Shahidul Alam (Director of Drik, Bangladesh), Pooja Sood (Director of Khoj, India) & Riyas Komu (Director of Kochi Biennale, India)

Hempel Galleries was also invited by the Dhaka Art Summit to showcase works by Sri Lankan artists during the summit. Works by Kingsley Gunetillake, Pala Pothupitiye, Anoli Perera, K. Pushpakumara, Jananda Laksiri & Pradeep Thalawatte were exhibited.

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