“Become the change you want to see in the world” -Mahatma Gandhi

Can art be a catalyst for change in post -war Sri Lanka?
Today in post-war Sri Lanka we are able to see visual art as part of a third world radicalism, relating with a self consciousness that is cutting edge, and speaking from a vantage point of a witness of violence and separatism that crippled a multi-cultural nation.
 
The voices and ideology of artists wish to reclaim a plural space of resistance beyond the efforts of religious and cultural homogeneity, and xenophobia. Artists as witnesses, free citizens and commentators of the rapture and healing of a nation that has been part of the vortex of inhuman violations; victims of violence and loss that can only be redeemed by giving voice to the voiceless.
 
Artists question masculinity, feminist critique, and subversive use of material and metaphor, which addresses loss through recollection. They are gathering desperate voices, images and pieces to redeem inhuman action in the name of mindless war.
 
These images with new iconography and aesthetics focus on the realities of having to deal with a fragile nation’s troubled legacy of growing nationalism, religious unrest and social upheaval as content for representation and subjectivity are part of the preoccupations of artists. Some urban artists are also grappling with the social and economic transition of Colombo: the rampant urbanization and invasion of media and technology into our lives and art.
  
These edgy contemporary artists who belong to the post 90”s generation are the ideologues and politically conscious artists.
 
The voices and ideology of artists wish to reclaim a plural space of resistance beyond the efforts of religious and cultural homogeneity, and xenophobia. Artists as witnesses, free citizens and commentators of the rapture and healing of a nation that has been part of the vortex of inhuman violations; victims of violence and loss that can only be redeemed by giving voice to the voiceless.
 
The  alternative art scene in Sri Lanka connects rest of  South Asian art scene, nurtured by a  spirit of collaboration and conversation across cultures. Artists from INDIA, BANGLADESH,NEPAL,PAKISTAN as representatives from each region,with a long history of regional cooperation and a shared cultural geography.
 
In the contemporary geopolitical context this event can be seen as a Biennale of Resistance of the Global South.
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