Anoli Perera studied political science, economics and sociology before turning to visual art. Largely self-taught, she trained in stone carving in the US.
Anoli’s “Memory Keeper” engages with how we relate to our personal histories by exploring how the artist retains and communicates memories of her family as well as histories that have been forgotten, whether deliberately or through the passage of time.
Hailed in Sri Lanka as a pioneer in introducing art that is informed by feminism and craft art practices, her work engages critically with women’s issues, history, myth and identity, colonialism and post colonial anxieties . Her writings on contemporary Sri Lankan art have appeared in many publications, including Art Asia Pacific, South Asia Journal for Culture, Frontline, Asian Art Archive, and art catalogs and books on Sri Lankan artists.
Anoli Perera is a co-founder and a director of the Theertha International Artists Collective, a progressive art initiative based in Colombo which maintains the experimental art space Red Dot Gallery. She is on the Artistic Advisory Committee of the Colombo Art Biennale and a peer panel member of the Arts Network Asia (Singapore). She currently lives and works in New Delhi, India.