The Sri Lankan artist, Pala Pothupitiye’s first solo exhibition in India at TARQ titles “Sri Sri Lanka”, exhibits the suite of Pala’s celebrated maps on paper and canvas. Drowning into Sri Lanka’s rich historical past, he re crafts the geopolitical evolution in Asia. He carefully has manipulated and modified Sri Lanka in a conventional yet morphed beyond recognition version.
“Sri Sri Lanka” will also include a set of post-colonial Sri Lankan sculptures combing political bias, scars of colonialism and religious conflicts. Sri Lanka personified
About the artist:
Pala Pothupitiye (b.1972) is a Colombo-based artist with a degree in Fine Arts from the Visual and Performance Art University, Colombo. Raised in a village of traditional southern Sri Lankan craft-artists, his work incorporates and reinterprets the material and philosophical content of traditional art. He is one of the core members of Theertha, an autonomous, artist-led non-profit initiative in Colombo.
Pothupitiye’s oeuvre spans several media including sculpture, painting and drawing, with a special focus on the practice of ethnographic mapmaking. His works principally deal with the confrontation of concerns such as colonialism, nationalism, religious extremism and militarism, extending his inquiry to the questions of caste; the distinction between art and craft, between tradition and modernity; and generating a critique of Eurocentrism.
His solo shows include his participation at ‘This is Tomorrow’, a special curated section of START Projects for solo artist presentations, START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London (2015); ‘Pride and Power’ curated by Lalith Manage at Hempel Galleries, Sri Lanka (2014); ‘Costume’ curated by Dr. Thamotharampillai Sanathanan at Jaffna University Gallery (2010); and ‘Ancestral Dress + My ID’ at Theertha Red Dot Gallery, Colombo (2008). ‘Sri Sri Lanka: Mapping post-colonial Ceylon’ is his first solo exhibition at TARQ.