With only five days duration (15 to 19 February), the Colombo-more of a biennial festival of contemporary art. This year’s edition was titled “Becoming” and was curated by Suresh Jayaram in Bangalore and Roman Berka from Vienna. At three places in the capital to discover it was disturbing work.

For example, Pradeep Thalawattas “Disappearing Reappearing and Landscape.” The image shows a landscape that was brought by soldering iron on paper – a technique that leads to the base and gradually leaves scorch marks on the replacement of individual parts, which makes the work look like an etching. Thalawatta worked last year for nine months in Jaffna. During his frequent bus rides between the former stronghold of the Tamil Tigers and Colombo, he watched as bombed-out landscapes were raised among the largest efforts to life. Is provocative, “An Atlas” by Pala Pothupitiye. The forty year old official maps of Sri Lanka with pen and ink on his own subversive way, “revised”. Chandrgupta Thenuwara presents a highly conceptual series of painted images, which are marked with the designation “These are not white flags” – an allusion to the fact that the Sri Lankan army killed guerrilla fighters, although they signaled with a white flag of their surrender readiness. An equally icy feelings trigger such beautiful work.

Many works in this Biennial – including the “Fireflies Network” (Sanath Kalubadana, Jagath Weerasinghe and Pradeep Chandrasiri) – practiced bold criticism of the local and national discourse on issues such as security, national identity and development. “Neo Monster”, a huge golden balloon with an earth mover was the Indian Vibha Galhotra, as an ironic commentary on the construction boom on the island one of the few works of the show funny.Christian Eisenberger cardboard box was another elephant. Most other foreign artists opted for serious research. The Swede Jesper Nordahl showed, for example, in his video “Yakkuoo” the working conditions of women in the free trade zones in Sri Lanka, while Dominic Sansonis photo study, titled “The Home of Jaffna” an anthropological approach. – Given the popularity of the Sri Lankan art and the growing number of artists in the country is expected that the Biennale will continue to attract even more visitors.


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