Bandu Manamperi holds a BFA in Sculpture and is a core member of Colombo’s Theertha Artists’ Collective, Bandu was one of the first performance artists in Sri Lanka, creating highly personal art experiences based on the transformation of his own body, but he doesn’t limit himself to any one genre and his art practice also encompasses sculpture, drawing and painting, and installation art. He also lectures and consults widely on a range of topics including contemporary art, museology, and local craft traditions.
Bandu is a leading figure in recent social art projects carried out under the aegis of Theertha, including “Let’s Take a Walk” and “Ape Gama.” He presently lives and works in Bandaragama.
For the Biennale, Bandu is creating a new performance-based video in which he is shown undressing and then ironing his clothes. It represents an act of removing oneself from the past and the erasing of memories. Ironing out the creases gestures towards the creation of a new history and a sanitized identity.