Colombo Art Biennale 2012 On The Way
A press conference took place recently to announce the second Colombo Art Biennale which is scheduled to take place between February 15 and 19 2012. Biennale, is the Italian word to describe an event taking place “every other year”.
Time has flown by extremely fast as it is in 2009 that Sri Lanka experienced its very first Art Biennale which took place mainly in the lovely warehouses in Park Street with other exhibitions taking place in multiple venues.
In 2009, the theme chosen was Imagining Peace, this upcoming edition will be “ Becoming “.The two curators for the upcoming event were introduced during the press conference: Roman Berka, who heads Museum in Progress in Vienna and Suresh Jayaram, director of 1Shanthi Road in Bangalore.
“The theme of Becoming asks artists and participants to consider the reality and the concepts of Becoming, the ‘possibility of being in a moment between two decisive ends.’ Becoming is not an idea which asks for certainty but by its nature explores open-endedness, transformation and potentiality.
CAB will be strengthening the platform from which Sri Lankan artists can be seen, interpreted and understood both nationally and internationally. There will be a greater international presence compared with 2009 as, alongside the 20 local Sri Lankan artists, there will be established international participants from regional countries: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal, as well as those from further afield: The US, France, Australia, UK and Germany.
The venues will be situated all over Colombo and will play host to a fantastic range of new and established artists. We will update you with news and development of events and names of artists.”
The CAB Team consists of Annoushka Hempel (Founder and Director of CAB), Jagath Weeresinghe (Co-Founder of CAB/Artist/ Archaeology University Lecturer, Founding Member & Chairman of Theertha International Artist Collective & Curator), Neil Butler (Director of CAB, Artist, Director of Glasgow Art Fair), Puja Srivastava (Project Manager), Deneth Piumaskshi (Project Coordinator) and Knut Landsverk (Project Consultant).