February 2012


“Becoming”: Colombo Art Biennale 15th – 19th February 2012
February 2012




The Colombo Art Biennale's (CAB) second edition ‘Becoming' will host over 25 Sri Lankan artists and around 15 international artists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Australia and the USA. CAB is the largest art manifestation in Sri Lanka and was created to build a platform upon which talented Sri Lankan artists could gain recognition both nationally and internationally.

Following on from the 2009 Biennale ‘Imagining Peace' this February CAB invites the nation to become part of the transformation of Colombo, as the Biennale takes over Park Street Mews, JDA Perera Gallery and the National Art Gallery to showcase a stunning variety of contemporary art. In addition CAB will host an array of fringe events around Colombo to include Exhibitions, Performances, Workshops, a Video Lounge, Artist Talks, Artist Dinners and the Colombo Art Biennale Party.

The concept of ‘Becoming' was chosen to highlight the potential for positive development in Sri Lanka. The theme accommodates the potential for artistic development and the cultural and social changes within the country. The theme will ensure a plethora of dynamic artistic interpretations encompassing all possible personal interpretations of the opportunity to ‘become', thus making the Biennale a most dynamic exhibition of expression in Sri Lanka.

CAB Co-Founders, Annoushka Hempel and Jagath Weerasinghe are confident that with ‘Becoming', Colombo can look forward to a vibrant display of contemporary art, which would be even bigger than 2009's ‘Imagining Peace'.

International curators, Suresh Jayaram, Bangalore and Roman Berka - Vienna are joined this year by new 
Co-Director Neil Butler alongside Director, Annoushka Hempel. Neil shares his time between Sri Lanka and Europe, where he has enjoyed 18 years of directing several large cultural events.

Sri Lankan artists include Anoli Perera, Dhanushka Amarasekara and Dominic Sansoni from Colombo; Varatharajan Balamurugan - Jaffna; Anomaa Rajakaruna - Panadura; Anura Krishantha - Matara; Bandu Manamperi - Bandaragama and Chandragupta Thenuwara - Galle.

‘Fireflies': Lakisha Fernando, Manori Jayasinghe, Janany Cooray, Therica Miyanadeniya, Manori Gamarachchi, Niranjala Gunasekera, Priyanthi Kumari, Layla Gonaduwa, Jagath Weerasinghe, Leo Pasqualge, Malaka Dewapriya, Manori Jayasinghe, Vimukkthi Jayasundara - Colombo; Vijayalan Thujiba, Kannan Arunasalam, Vaidehi Rajasingham - Jaffna; Inoka De Silva, Koralegedara Pushpakumara, Pradeep Chandrasiri, Tisath Thoradeniya - Kandy; Krishanthi Sepalika, Pradeep Thalawatte - Ratnapura; H.D. Shamila, Jananada Laksiri - Mawathagama; Kusal Gunasekara - Wattala; Menika van der Poorten - Balangoda; Pala Pothupitiye - Deniyaya; Sanath Kalubadana - Ingiriya.

Acclaimed artistic names from the international spectrum are: David Barbarino - Germany; Aaron Burton, Nigel Sense - Australia; Sujan Chitrakar - Nepal; Christian Eisenberger, Hanna Hollmann, Hans Schabus, Karl Karner and Linda Samaraweerova - Austria; Erik van Lieshout - Netherlands; Tayeba Lipi - Bangladesh; Maria McCavana - Scotland/Ireland; Martha Rosler - USA; Erik Pirolt, Tori Wraanes - Norway; Jesper Nordahl- Sweden; Vibha Galhotra - India; Madiha Sikander - Pakistan.

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