Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka 2011 is the first international showcase of Sri Lanka's leading contemporary artists since the end of the civil war in 2009. The definitive exhibition offer a survey of current developments in Sri Lankan art and an overview of the country's most prominent artists working today. As the first of its kind in the UK, the exhibition presents approximately 25 diverse examples of Sri Lankan artwork.
Contemporary Sri Lankan art is set against a complex cultural history. In the modern era, popular acclaim has largely rested on artworks and movements of the last century such as the highly renowned and influential 43 Group. this is partly due to scant criticism, literature and exhibitions of Sri Lanka's creative output. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka has a radical and energetic contemporary art scene, which is traced in the timely exhibition.
Participating artists include more established figures in Sri Lanka such as Muhanned Cader, Druvinka, Kingley Gunatillake, Sanjeewa Kumara, Dadkia Pintelon, Jagath Ravindra, Tilak Samarawickrema, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Jagath Weerasinghe and Anoma Wijewardene, alongside prolific emerging artists Vajira Gunewardena, Dumith Kulasekara, Sujeewa Kumari, Prageeth Manohansa and Pala Pothupitiye.
The educational event on 10th March will address the current direction of Sri Lankan contemporary art. This opportunity will consist of a panel discussion and debate. The exhibition is open from 1 - 12 March at the Asia House