EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY ART FROM SRI LANKA | ASIA HOUSE, LONDON 03.11
Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka 2011 was the first international showcase of Sri Lanka's leading contemporary artists since the end of the civil war in 2009. This definitive exhibition offered a survey of current developments in Sri Lankan art and an overview of the country's most prominent artists working today. As the first of its kind in the UK, the exhibition presented approximately 25 diverse examples of Sri Lankan artwork.
Contemporary Sri Lankan art is set against a complex cultural history. In the modern era, popular acclaim has largely rested on artworks and movements of the last century such as the highly renowned and influential 43 Group. This is partly due to scant criticism, literature and exhibitions of Sri Lanka's creative output. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka has a radical and energetic contemporary art scene, which will be traced in this timely exhibition.
Participated artists include more established figures in Sri Lanka such as Muhanned Cader, Druvinka, Kingsley Gunatillake, Sanjeewa Kumara, Saskia Pintelon, Jagath Ravindra, Tilak Samarawickrema, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Jagath Weerasinghe and Anoma Wijewardene, alongside prolific emerging artists Vajira Gunewardena, Dumith Kulasekara, Sujeewa Kumari, Prageeth Manohansa and Pala Pothupitiye.