Hasini, Malathi and Sharni: 70 years of Sri Lankan independence
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Hasini, Malathi and Sharni: 70 years of Sri Lankan independence

Archive of Memory, launched this month, is made up of voices from across seven decades of independence. In the introduction to the book – edited and curated by Malathi de Alwis and Hasini Haputhanthri, with the accompanying photographs by Sharni Jayawardena – the editors note that the publication is as representative of the diversity of … Continue reading

Shahidul Alam: The search for Kalpana Chakma
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Shahidul Alam: The search for Kalpana Chakma

Shahidul Alam has long been gripped by the life of a woman he has never met. It’s been two decades since Kalpana Chakma was abducted, but Shahidul refuses to forget her. Standing at the threshold of his latest exhibition,Kalpana’s Warriors, the Bangladeshi photographer pauses for a moment. In the room beyond is the third in … Continue reading

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Abdul Halik Azeez, Amjad Saleem, Amaani Niyaz, Hana Niyaz: Celebrating Ramadan in Sri Lanka

The twelve people behind The Ramadan Project are good friends – some are even related. Four of them gather in a home in Colombo, after prayers on a Wednesday evening to talk about a project they hope will help change the way Muslims are perceived in Sri Lanka. By @mufarris Roadside cap stall. Eid rush … Continue reading

Dominic Sansoni and Sebastian Posingis: The Island from Above
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Dominic Sansoni and Sebastian Posingis: The Island from Above

The walls of the gallery are bare, eschewed by the photographs for the office upstairs. I find them there, in the company of photographers Dominic Sansoni and Sebastian Posingis and writer Richard Simon. The trio are surrounded by the prints that sit patiently in tidy stacks, nevertheless succeeding in claiming a great deal of space … Continue reading

Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Celebrating Kannaki
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Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Celebrating Kannaki

  The hot, dry month of March is particularly sacred to the devotees who flock to the Kannaki Amman kovils in Sri Lanka’s Northern Peninsula. The auspicious days of Panguni Thingal or ‘Mondays in March’ will come to an end somewhere in Mid-April but for her people, this Amman will always have something to offer. … Continue reading

Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Invoking Pattini-Kannaki
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Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Invoking Pattini-Kannaki

There is a time in the wake of her great rage – after she has torn her left breast out, after she has called fire down on the city of Madurai – when a widowed Kannaki finds a moment of quiet by the banks of a river. Across from her boys are tussling, engaged in … Continue reading

Dharshana Jayawardena, Nishan Perera and Naren Gunasekera: Wrecked!
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Dharshana Jayawardena, Nishan Perera and Naren Gunasekera: Wrecked!

30km South West of Colombo port, the S.S Worcestershire lies some 60m deep – one of an estimated 200 wrecks that garland the island of Sri Lanka. Fascinated by its history, eager to rise to the challenge of a technical dive, Dharshana Jayawardena would later recall his descent to the ship, writing: ‘As always, a … Continue reading