Narratives of Resistance
December 10, 2012 – January 9, 2013
Artworks in Exhibition
Jagath Weerasinghe, Anura Krishantha and Pala Pothupitiye are three artists from Sri Lanka who unveil through their work narratives of a community redefined by transgressions and traumas. Taken together, the three artists in their current exhibition at Gallery Espace advance diverse narratives of resistance developed in a society and a country that has for last 30 years witnessed multiple crises, the most visible of them being a highly destructive civil war that ended in 2009. Particular narrative strategies range from cartographic representations of collective memory to the critique of consumerism through a thoughtful foregrounding of kitsch. Notions of nationhood, citizenry and humanity are problematized in these narratives, painted, drawn and constructed to be read without compromising either the meanings or the aesthetics. Their art crucially avoids banality or naivety, the usual pitfalls of politically explicit art, but navigates a potent expressive trail that is deeply and consciously political.