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Druvinka Madawela at Barefoot Gallery

Druvinka is evolving. From one moment to the next, she transforms. What may take years for us is apparently seconds for her. In this way Druvinka is becoming.

Evolving herself becomes part of evolving for everyone else.  We ‘become’ when we look at her paintings. Her paintings are visual objects that elicit unique and personal responses but, it is only MAYA, an illusion. This is the spiritual world that Druvinka inhabits — We are all here and this illusion, be it in the form of music, poetry or painting conspire to act as extraordinary vehicles to move us out of the ordinary, mundane world. Moment to moment.

Druvinka is the instrument, the body that drives, translates the paintings so we can become. Tirth Yatra: A journey to the hidden entrances of the extraordinary world. And so it continues.

Photo Credits: Sunil Situnayake

Text: Nazreen Sansoni

 

 

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“Engage”

Maria McCavana the Scottish based artist taking part in the Colombo Arts Biennale will be running a workshop entitled “Engage” on Sunday 19th February from 1pm – 6pm.

Children aged 5- 12 are welcome to join her with their parents. The event is free.

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Programme of Events

15th Wednesday February

Press Conference (by invitation only)

       10:00 am – 11:00 am

Public Hours: National Art Gallery & JDA Perera Gallery: 12noon – 8pm

Park Street Mews: 12noon – 9pm

Exhibitions of international, Regional and Local artists
Fringe Events

–          CoCA Project at Maradana Warehouse project: 9am – 11pm

–          Knotted Threads by Nesa Gschwend at the Lionel Wendt: 10am – 6pm

–          Becoming Escapee by Anup Vega at the Hempel Galleries: 10am – 6pm

 

Box Office:
 Park Street Mews: 12noon – 9pm
 VIP viewing (by invitation only)

6:00 pm – 09:00 pm

Opening Reception (by invitation only)

08.00 pm – 9:30 pm

After Party @ Kama (by invitation only)

10:30pm Onwards

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16th Thursday February

Public Hours: National Art Gallery & JDA Perera Gallery: 12noon – 8pm

Park Street Mews: 12noon – 9pm

Exhibitions of international, Regional and Local artists

Art Talks: Park Street Hotel: 11am – 12.30pm

                      “Why A Biennale?”

                      An introductory talk by Neil Butler and the festival organizers

 

Art Talks: Sapumal Foundation: 4.00- 6.00pm

                        “Harry Peiris, The ’43 Group and the Sapumal Foundation”

                       Keynote Speaker: Rohan de Soysa, Director – Sapumal Foundation

Fringe Events

–          CoCA Project at Maradana Warehouse project: 9am – 8pm

–          Knotted Threads by Nesa Gschwend at the Lionel Wendt: 10am – 6pm

–          Becoming Escapee by Anup Vega at the Hempel Galleries: 10am – 7pm

Screenings at the Video Lounge, Goethe Institut

Christoph Schlingensief’s retrospective: 6.30pm onwards (Part I)

Screening schedule:  Introduction by Roman Berka, Curator, Für Elise (2 mins), Christoph Schlingensief and His Films (77 mins) interview film, Discussion, Break, My wife in Five (13 mins), the German Chainsaw Massacre (60mins)

 

     Gallery Talks: JDA Perera Gallery

‘Critique vs Criticism’by Sri Lankan Artist Leo Pasqualge
2pm – 3pm

Box Office:
 Park Street Mews: 12noon – 9pm

Collector’s Dinner:
(ticketed) – 8:00pm  – check website

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17th Friday February

Public Hours: National Art Gallery & JDA Perera Gallery: 12noon – 8pm

Park Street Mews: 12noon – 9pm

Exhibitions of international, Regional and Local artists

      Art Talks: Nuga Gama: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
                       “Building Bridges – The South Asian Context”
Keynote Speaker: Suresh Jeyaram, India

 

CAB Outreach Programme: Nuga Gama: 3pm – 4pm

                      Camera Obscura – by Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh

A fun, non-conventional pin-hole camera process

Fringe Events:

–          CoCA Project at Maradana Warehouse project: 9am – 11pm

–          Knotted Threads by Nesa Gschwend at the Lionel Wendt: 10am – 6pm

–          Becoming Escapee by Anup Vega at the Hempel Galleries: 10am – 6pm

Screenings at the Video Lounge, Goethe Institut

Christoph Schlingensief’s retrospective: 6.30pm onwards (Part II)

          Screening schedule: Egomania (84 mins), Discussion, Break, Freakstars (75 mins)

 

Curated Walks: JDA Perera  Gallery: 2pm – 3pm (Suresh Jayaram)

Box Office:

Park Street Mews: 12noon – 9pm

The Warehouse Dinner:
Hosted by his HE the German Ambassador, Maradana Warehouse Project
8:00pm

 

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18th Saturday February 

Public Hours: National Art Gallery & JDA Perera Gallery: 12noon – 8pm

Park Street Mews: 12noon – 9pm

Exhibitions of international, Regional and Local artists

Art Talks: Barefoot Gallery: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
                 “The Debate: Does Great Art Require Great Skill?”
                  A debate by the Biennale Artists (Not Ticketed)

 Art Talks: Barefoot Gallery: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

“Art as a Witness”
Keynote Speaker: Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh

Art Talks: Barefoot Gallery – 6pm – 7:30 pm

                 “Art and Architecture”
                 Keynote Speaker: Cecil Balmond, UK/Sri Lanka,

 

       Fringe Events

–          CoCA Project at Maradana Warehouse project: 9am – 11pm

–          Knotted Threads by Nesa Gschwend at the Lionel Wendt: 10am – 6pm

–          Becoming Escapee by Anup Vega at the Hempel Galleries: 10am – 6pm
 Screenings at the Video Lounge, Goethe Institut: 6.30pm onwards

Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Films (Part I)

Screening schedule: Introduction by Vimukthi Jayasundara, Land of Silence (30 mins),  Forsaken Land (108 mins)

Box Office:

Park Street Mews: 12noon – 9pm

Curated Walks: Park Street Mews: 2pm – 3pm (Roman Berka)

Becoming One Party:

Warehouse Project, Maradana
(ticketed) 8pm onwards – check website

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19th Sunday February

       Public Hours: National Art Gallery & JDA Perera Gallery: 12noon – 8pm

Park Street Mews: 12noon – 9pm

Exhibitions of international, Regional and Local artists

      Children’s Educational Workshop: Maria McCavana at Park Street Mews:
12noon – 6pm

Art Talks: Casa Colombo – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

“What Now – After the ’90s Trend?”

                        Keynote Speaker: Jagath Weerasinghe, Sri Lanka

 

       Art Talks: Skky Bar – 4:00 pm – 5.30 pm
“Art and an Expanded Museum Concept”
                        Keynote Speaker: Roman Berka, Austria

       Art Talks: Skky Bar – 6:00 – 7:30 pm
                        A Symposium on “Art as a Social Sculpture”

Featuring Neil Butler, Roman Berka, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Jagath Weerasinghe and Suresh Jayaram

       Fringe Events

–          CoCA Project at Maradana Warehouse project: 9am – 11pm

–          Knotted Threads by Nesa Gschwend at the Lionel Wendt: 10am – 6pm

–     Becoming Escapee by Anup Vega at the Hempel Galleries: 10am – 6pm

 Screenings at the Video Lounge, Goethe Institut: 6.30pm onwards

Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Films (Part II)

Screening schedule: Introduction by Vimukthi Jayasundara, Empty for Love (28 mins), Between Two Worlds (85 mins)

 

Street Party: Park Street Mews: 12noon onwards

Box Office: Park Street Mews: 12noon – 8pm

Curated Walks: National Art Gallery: 3pm – 4pm (Suresh Jayaram)
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Biennale Overview


Opening Night

The Opening Preview party for the 2012 Colombo Art Biennale will begin at

the National Gallery of Colombo. We will then move to JDA Perera Gallery, where there will be a performance in addition to the art exhibition. Our last venue for the evening is Park Street Mews which comprises the warehouses at which the first edition of CAB “Imagining Peace” was showcased and where there will be more fresh and exciting works.

Our chief guest for the Opening will be the Cultural & Arts Affair Minister, the Hon. T.B Ekanayaka.

 

Main Event


Local Program  

The Colombo Art Biennale being a primarily Sri Lankan event will host 24 Sri Lankan artists from around the country. They will be curated by the two “Becoming” curators. These artists will be some of the best of the best in Sri Lanka and will have the opportunity to be showcased alongside international artists.


Regional Program   

Founder of One Shanthi Road – Bangalore and curator Suresh Jayaram will bring in  regional artists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. These hand-picked artists will be of highest quality working with the same theme as international and national artist and stengthens the links between Sri Lanka and the region.


International Program    

International curator, Roman Berka, Director of Museum in Progress in Vienna brings internationally famous artists from the western hemisphere. The international contingency will add prestige and an international perspective to the Biennale.


Educational Programme

“Engage”: the Education programme in Colombo hosted by Biennale participating artist Maria McCavana, brings groups of children and young people together at Park Street Mews. Children aged 5-12 are welcome to join her with their parents. This event is free.


Art Talks

This is program made up of a collection of lectures, talks, debates and discussions by authorities in the various fields of art. This program will run over four days.


Dinners

For the second edition of the Colombo Art Biennale, CAB launches Artist Dinners, offering the opportunity to mingle and interact with both local and international participating Biennale artists. Meet up and coming local talent, hear the stories of the masters and encounter experimental art by visiting artists.

 

Curated Walks

Curated walks will be on offer for visitors from the 15th to the 19th February 2012 free of charge. Individuals or groups of visitors will have the opportunity to experience the exhibition with a personal guided talk at the different main locations given by the Curators of the Biennale.


Screenings

Partnering with Goethe Institut, CAB presents a retrospective celebrating two influential figures in Film-making from Sri Lanka and Germany. Both Christoph Schlingensief and Vimukthi Jayasundara’s films will be screened over four days.


Fringe: CAB Around Town

The Collective of Contemporary Artists (CoCA)
Nesa Gschwent – Knotted Threads by CrossCulture, Switzerland

‘Becoming Escapee’ Exhibition by Anup Vega at Hempel Galleries

‘Mediations’ – Daily Mirror, Sunday Times and Fiancial Times


Becoming One Party

This will be the ultimate celebration of art and life as the CAB team brings together a plethora of vivacious artistic talent from around the world to create an event like never before in Colombo. The Party will be a celebration that promises a winning combination of cultural significance, artistic wealth, flowing refreshments and a thoroughly entertaining line up of amusement for its guests.   


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Mediations/Published

 

The curators of the Colombo Art Biennale (Sri Lanka), Roman Berka and Suresh Jayaram, selected 14 artists from a series of exhibitions in the newspaper Daily Mirror, Daily Financial Times and Sunday Times, whose artworks have been specially designed for the exhibition in the medium of the newspaper or determined . Its sphere is not an exclusive biennial limited audience, but manifests itself in everyday life to a broad public. The Colombo Art Biennale is responding. In continuation of their theme “Becoming”, the avant-garde demand for a mutual penetration of art and life

The exhibition series before and during the Biennial of the period 01 to 19 Published in February 2012 and as part of the main event (15th-19.02.2012) presented. In the Austrian daily Der Standard, the same series is shown. Through this extraordinary cultural cooperation, the two countries Sri Lanka and Austria as well as its cultural spheres together. museum in progress opens a window to Colombo Art Biennale for an audience outside of Sri Lanka.

“Mediation” is a series of exhibitions of museum in progress in collaboration with the Colombo Art Biennale 2012 – “Becoming” , The Standard , and the newspapers Daily Mirror , Daily Financial Times and Sunday Times , Sri Lanka.

 

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CAB Outreach Programme

The One World Foundation (OWF), a free education unit in Ahungalla, and the Vienna-based foundation ‘Paint for Life’ have been conducting photography workshops over the last three years as part of the school’s educational programme. This workshop is now becoming part of the reachout programme of the Colombo Art Biennale 2012. Photography students will visit the Biennale to take photographs of the event and works on display. These photographs will then be presented in the
course of an exhibition later on at the OWF compound.

The trainers Laurent Ziegler and Patrizia Gapp encourage students to get actively involved in the process of work and to carry out individual projects with responsibility and clear structures. The aim is to make students aware of their creative talents and potential. For Laurent and Patrizia, awareness is about the way we perceive moments, places and ultimately light, how far we are willing to take in information, to capture and to share. Photography certainly is a powerful media to bring visions across.

The photography workshop is designed and the equipment generously financed by Paint for Life.

                                                                     

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2012 Theme: Becoming

The theme “Becoming” can be viewed as a space of “liminality”, “transitional period” or “space of transition”.Becoming is about is neither about the past, nor the future, it is about the present, this “liminal space” with high potentiality in between two stages of being. It can be interpreted in the context of the history of Sri Lanka but it can also be seen on a global scale, politically or concerning questions of humanity. There are similar structures in every social system which leave us with thought provoking insights into these transitional states of ‘Becoming’.

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 the first Colombo Art Biennale in 2009, they had not been given the opportunity to express themselves freely through a given theme. The upcoming Colombo Art Biennale will give further opportunities by being showcased alongside recognized international artists and thus be fully seen on an international level. It is time that Sri Lankan art like that of most other countries around the globe is shared with the rest of the world.

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Screenings

Partnering with Goethe Institut, CAB presents a retrospective celebrating two influential figures in Film-making from Sri Lanka and Germany.

Christoph Schlingensief (1960-2010) was a universal artist; a film, theater, and opera director; action and fine artist; author and TV-host. The bounderies between his works were fluid, one developed out of the other. He can be considered one of the most influential figures in the German art world since Joseph Beuys. The screenings will take you through a cross-section of his films since 1982.

Starting with Für Elise, an early 16mm short-film, which is followed by the documentary Christoph Schlingensief and His Films for those who are completely unfamiliar with his work. My Wife in Five is a poetic short-film of three music video clips. Egomania featuring Tilda Swinton and Udo Kier is a definite end-of-the-world scenario. Next The German Chainsaw Massacre is a horror-trash movie with a serious political background though, the unification of Eastern and Western Germany – the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany in 1990 after the end of the Cold War. Closing with a film that questions “What is normal? Is it us or the so-called retarded?”, Freakstars 3000 is a parody of casting shows like the American Idol.



Vimukthi Jayasundara
’s films can never be entirely defined by their plots. Encouraging each viewer to meet him partway, he crafts his narratives as a series of questions and his characters as open forms.  He was the first Sri Lankan to win the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or in 2005

The Land of Silence” is a short film essay in black and white describing the victims of a civil war that has been going on for the past fifteen years in Sri Lanka.   In the context of a no-war-no-peace quagmire, “Empty for Love” deals with day to day life weighed down by an oppressive feeling of insecurity. “Between Two Worlds” and “Forsaken Land” are works that speaks from the borders: those that separate a country from another, modern cities from ancestral land, and the threshold between the living and the dead. And from there, it erases the borders between fiction and documentary, between cinema and visual arts.

All of this viewable for free from 16 – 19 February at the Goethe Institut.

 

 


 

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“Becoming Escapee” at Hempel Galleries

Hempel Galleries work as a response to the ever- strengthening artistic talent emerging from Sri Lanka and the ever-increasing need for forums from which this little discovered talent can be seen internationally.

Hempel Galleries operate as a commercial gallery in both physical and virtual gallery spaces, creating and providing new platforms from which to showcase our artists’ work. Hempel Galleries take a personal interest and are dedicated to the promotion of each and every one of their artists so as to increase their profile, their reputation, and to raise awareness in the international forum.

Anup Vega’s spontaneous grace and the insights unique to him can be seen in his exhibition titled “BECOMING ESCAPEE”. His obsession is with his immediate surroundings and in particular, nature.

Vega, born in Kurunegala in 1967, studied at the village school Wandaragala and moved to Colombo in 1983. Having visited galleries and exhibitions in Colombo, he soon discovered the joy of sharing the bliss of his own creativity. Ever since he began exhibiting, his work has been a reflection of nourishment, of joy, of beauty and of bliss which helps him to keep his spirit high.

His work does not need any justification nor explanation. It is the world he inhabits and his sole object of desire.

 

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At books, catalogues, CAB merchandising, limited editions, stationery, Korathota artist design objects, art materials, gifts and more!

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