Vimla Velthas, Sharmini Pereira, T. Shanaathan, T. Krishnapriya: A House in Jaffna
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Vimla Velthas, Sharmini Pereira, T. Shanaathan, T. Krishnapriya: A House in Jaffna

Vimila Velthas lays out lunch on the table in the courtyard. She has prepared a traditional Jaffna meal – yam, coloured orange with the heat of chillies and cooked till creamy, a spicy fish and eggplant curry served with fat grains of red rice. Velthas presses her guests to eat more and scoffs gently at … Continue reading

Laki Senanayake: Laki’s owls all flock together
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Laki Senanayake: Laki’s owls all flock together

Pic courtesy Dominic Sansoni–three blindmen photography Laki and his owls: he’s lost track of how many he’s sketched, sculpted and painted into life but the closest you’ll ever come to seeing them in the same place is in a book launched last week. ‘Laki’s Book of Owls’ delivers exactly what the title promises and catalogues … Continue reading

Chandraguptha Thenuwara: Space to Protest
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Chandraguptha Thenuwara: Space to Protest

As the opening of Chandraguptha Thenuwara’s latest exhibition draws near, he seems to relish the thought of putting his viewers to work. “When you enter the exhibition you won’t see many paintings,” says the artist. “You’ll have to find them.” It’s a clever twist on his theme, ‘Beautification’. The space made clean and pristine, so … Continue reading

Rah Akaishi and Simon Blackfoot: The Moral in the Mural
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Rah Akaishi and Simon Blackfoot: The Moral in the Mural

On Layn Baan St in Galle Fort, two exquisitely melancholy sea monsters are separated by a rusty gate. Stricken by grief, one wears a tower for a hat, the other towers above the lighthouse, rising above the fort with a ship bleeding oil cradled in its thin, long arms. The black ooze around their waists … Continue reading