Why Colombo’s new museum underscores a thriving art scene
Architects / Archivists / Artists / Curators / Singapore Airlines

Why Colombo’s new museum underscores a thriving art scene

Situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean, Colombo is known for its labyrinthine old city markets, grand colonial-era hotels, stunning shipwrecks and wetlands that are home to elusive fishing cats. But not so much for its contemporary art. All that is set to change, however, thanks to the recent launch of the Sri Lankan commercial capital’s Museum … Continue reading

Chandraguptha Thenuwara: The End of Fear
Activists / Artists / Open Magazine

Chandraguptha Thenuwara: The End of Fear

It was 33 years ago, but Chandraguptha Thenuwara still remembers the group of men stopping the bus and clambering on. They had a seemingly bizarre demand, going from passenger to passenger, insisting that he or she say the Sinhalese words for pen and bucket – pǣna, bāldiya. Tamil tongues twisted different around these syllables, making … Continue reading