Hempel Galleries, the creation of the dynamic Annoushka Hempel, must be Sri Lanka’s most innovative gallery in terms of concept.

Currently based in Barnes Place and the boutique Galle Face Court 2 in Colombo, the gallery now overlooks the ocean. A poignant reminder of how the gallery concept first rolled into being along with the Tsunami waves in 2004.  After the tragic natural disaster, Annoushka moved her original collection to make way for relief efforts.  This became the start of a new, more versatile concept of gallery.

Annoushka Hempel is based in Colombo and recently she even opened up her own home as a gallery and hosted the artist Bandu Manamperi for his astonishing display where the young Sri Lankan artist hung life size casts of his own body from the ceiling and bathed himself and a weapon in white paint. A deeply moving performance symbolic of the need to cleanse the country and neutralise the violent memories left by the war. ‘De-inscribed memories’ as this particular exhibition was named is just the beginning of this cleansing process.

The 18th of may 2009 saw the end of a brutal 26 years of civil war which has left visible scars across the face of the country, deeper scars, however, can be seen within the faces of the people. Repression has played a significant role over the years but rallying cries of artistic voices can be heard reverberating like a heartbeat through the country’s streets. The cracks in convention are widening and Annoushka Hempel is right there and has her finger on the pulse of this artistic revolution with her wonderful gallery.

Not just nationally, but internationally Hempel Galleries is the people’s gallery. Nomad, the Berlin street artist has been invited to perform his next show here in Colombo. Where the gallery concept is moving out of the confines of the walls of the white cube gallery and into the public domain.

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GALLE: – Hempel Galleries ska skrivas i plural eftersom vi använder vilka utrymmen som helst. Vi dyker upp där vi kan.

Annoushka  Hempel Sri Lankas mest mobila gallerist. Allt började med tsunamin 2004. Efter naturkatastrofen, som drabbade området hårt utrymde hon sitt galleri för att ge plats åt hjälparbetet. Det blev startskottet för ett nytt, mindre platsspecifikt sätt att arbeta. Hon är baserad i Galle på Sri Lankas sydkust och nyligen upplät hon sitt eget hem för en performance av Bandu Manamperi. Den unge lankesiske konstnären lät hänga upp fullskaliga avgjutningar av sin egen kropp i taket och badade själv i vit färg. Nu när landets inbördeskrig är över ser Annoushka möjligheten att flytta utställningsverksamheten till gator och torg. Till sin nästa show har hon bjudit in den Berlin-baserade gatukonstnären Nomad. – Vi vill bli ännu mer publika, och flytta ut från den vita kuben och in i det offentliga rummet, avslutar Annoushka Hempel.

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