Born in Sri Lanka, Gihan Karunaratne grew up in the UK from the age of ten, where he became a RIBA-chartered architect. He has been an academic lecturer in both Britain and Sri Lanka and has exhibited at the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale in 2009 and four times at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 1999, Gihan won The Bovis and Architect Journal award for architecture and was made a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts for Architecture, Design and Education in 2012.

Karunaratne’s art investigates how we analyze our world through mapping, both of the actual world and of alternative realities, by drawing on a combination of observation, investigation and high-tech data analysis which identify movement, socio-economic patterns, and local political conditions. The maps are a compilation of hidden data not bound to a fixed time, scale or grid, but which evoke emotional exploration into the ethereal world.

For the Colombo Art Biennale 2014, he is exhibiting a series of maps, diagrams and a short animated film mapping, portraying the protesters outside St Paul’s cathedral, throwing light on police kettling techniques, questioning the use of social media, smartphone tracking techniques and the banality of infrastructure maps.

Supported By

Balmond Studio