The Colombo Art Biennale (CAB14) announces the 3rd edition of Sri Lanka’s leading international festival of contemporary art with Making History.

The country’s pre-eminent platform for international dialogue in contemporary art will open to the public on the 31st January 2014.

The theme ‘Making History’ is a provocation exploring the artistic adventure of making history. It enquires into the contemporary aesthetic experience, from historical, present and future points of view, to reveal a possible reality of making history as part of an art historical trajectory.

Featuring works by artists and artist collectives from 12 different countries, CAB14 will showcase works of artists from Sri Lanka, the South Asian region as well as from Europe and the USA, bringing to the fore unique practices of visual arts that will include painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, audio and performance.

The collection of works that will be seen, will explore the theme of ‘Making History’ with approaches such as; inescapable history, man’s desire to invent the future, do we make history or does history makes us what we are today? And the implications of history on the human being as well as the human condition.  These and more to deepen our understanding of the sociocultural, aesthetic and ideological complexities of the theme. 

As part of the CAB14 programme, and drawing on the combined expertise of the CAB14 curatorial team,  artists from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Britain, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Sweden, France, Qatar, Iran, Japan, US will show their works to explore and expand the theme.

The CAB14 team of curators includes, Amit Kumar Jain, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Neil Butler & Ruhanie Perera, with varied expertises, are working together to create an experience that will make history.

In addition to the main program, CAB14 is partnering up with other very strong and exciting cultural events: 

Colomboscope is launching its second edition under the same theme as CAB14, as part of and in collaboration with CAB14. This three day program will explore interdisciplinary approaches combining literary events, debates, performing arts and music programs from Sri Lanka, UK & Germany, to be held in a selection of historic venues around Colombo. Supported by the Goethe Institut, the British Council and Standard Chartered Bank. 

– Supported by the British Council, ‘Homelands’, a 21st century contemporary art story of home, away, and all the places in between. Curated by Latika Gupta. One of the year’s most anticipated exhibitions travelling around South Asia this year is joining CAB in Colombo. 

– Also supported by the Goethe Institut, an extensive exhibition by German artist Rosemarie Trockel, is part of a series of monographic exhibitions from the Institut for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) will be taking part at CAB. 

– The Hong Kong based Sovereign Asian Art Foundation(Art Prize) will be supporting an educational programme for school children in Colombo, led by 2011 SAP prize winning artist Pala Pothupitiye and his team, to help improve artistic skills and tourism awareness in the local community by teaching skills to create art and crafts and English. 

– CAB14 is very excited to also have Google on board as partners. Google and CAB14 will collaborate to set up mobile applications, live-streams, Google hangouts and more interactive digital artworks especially designed for CAB14. 

-One of the features of CAB 2014 will be the Art Talks that were launched at CAB 2012, and for 2014, these will be expanded on and creatively explored as a conversation series that engages with the theme of ‘making history’ opening up spaces for dialogue, debate, participation and contest through the more conventional curated walks and panel discussions, while introducing intimate art tête-à-têtes, site-specific lectures and live art moments at the different CAB venues. 

There will also be a number of fun social events for everyone during this 9 day event. 

Venues for CAB’s Making History will include JDA Perera Gallery, Lakshman Kadiragamar Institute, Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology, the Goethe Institut, Park Street Mews and New town Hall.

CAB14 will also be represented internationally at China Art Projects in Hong Kong in December, in Bangladesh at the Dhaka Art Summit in February 2014 and in London at the Brunei Gallery in October.