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Wednesday, 14 December 2011



Artworks on record

Two artists, three venues, two cities, one publisher and two galleries collaborate for the first time to launch two extraordinary new art projects: The Incomplete Thombu by T. Shanaathanan and The Speech Writer by Bani Abidi at the Barefoot Gallery, Saskia Fernando Gallery and Jaffna Heritage Hotel from December 1 to 12.

For the first time in Sri Lanka, one of Colomboís most established galleries will jointly host a unique art event with one of the cityís newest up and coming galleries. Together they will play host to Raking Leaves, a new breed of curatorial publisher to emerge on the international arena. As part of the eventís interest in developing audiences in both cities, The Jaffna Heritage Hotel will play host to Raking Leaves for the launch of the organizationís new book projects in Jaffna.

Saskia Fernando Gallery, which opened in 2009 and Barefoot Gallery established in 1991 will come together to co-host a two-venue exhibition event that will open to the public on December 2. The event begins on the evening of the 1 December with an exhibition preview and book launch taking place across both gallery spaces. People are invited to attend both events through the course of the evening and to experience the opportunity of seeing artworks, across a range of media, by T. Shanaathanan and Bani Abidi that are being shown in Sri Lanka for the first time.

BANI ABIDI was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1971. She received her BFA degree from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan in 1994 and an MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, USA in 1999. She lives and works in Delhi and is currently a recipient of the DAAD Berlin Artists-in-Residence program.

Her first UK solo exhibition opened in at the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Newcastle on November 11.

T SHANAATHANAN was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1969. He received his BFA in 2000 and his MFA in 2011 from the University of Delhi. In 2011 he completed his PhD at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

He lives and works in Jaffna and is currently senior lecturer in Art History in the Department of Fine Arts, University of Jaffna. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Paradise Road Gallery in 2001and 2006 and at the Heritage Art Gallery in 1998.

Recent group exhibitions include Non-Aligned, Barefoot Gallery, Colombo in 2011, Border Zones, New Art Across Cultures. Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada in 2010 and The One year Drawing Project, Devi Foundation, India and Asia Pacific Triennale, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia in 2010.



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