June 13, 6 PM
@Alliance française de Colombo
The Embassy of France, with the support of Institut Français, has decided to engage with the subject of ecological art through a retrospective of Anoma’s exhibitions on sustainability and harmony. The works invite us to accept the stewardship we share of our fragile and fractured Earth.
Join us for a live conversation on Anoma's works along with the following speakers :
- Shehara de Silva, founder of the Institute of Social Design (Ideaha)
- Anjali Watson, co-founder and managing trustee for the Wilderness & Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT)
- Savera Weerasinghe, founder of Ananta Sustainables and consultant at UNDP
The discussion will be moderated by Hasini Haputhanthri, Independent Consultant and Research fellow at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES).
The event will take place physically, strictly adhering to all health guidelines against COVID-19.
The event is free and accessible by registration.
Anoma studied and worked in the UK for three decades as an artist and designer and now divides her time between London and Sri Lanka. The work encapsulates her passion for sustainability and reflects upon the universality of man in the face of environmental degradation, greed and consumption, and the conflicts and divisions that are denuding our humanity and our planet.
The activist artist has created seven solo exhibitions, ranging from Space, in Sydney in 2005 to a show in London in 2019, on the burning issue of the climate crisis. Often suggestive and poetic in appeal, the artworks range from pure paint and mixed media on canvas and paper, iPad and digital images, video and sculpture installations to performance art. Several have been created with the collaboration of poets, activists, musicians and dancers.
They invite multiple interpretations, and are abstract reflections on transformation, reconciliation, healing and freedom of the spirit. The installations urge tolerance and a sustainable co-existence with our fellow man and the active protection of the only planet we inhabit.
In 2019, Anoma was the first Sri Lankan to present a solo exhibition during the 58th Venice Biennale and was the sole representative from South Asia at the 2016 One Belt One Road exhibition at Sothebys Hong Kong. In addition to showing work in Sri Lanka international shows include those in New Delhi, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Dubai and London. The artist started her career as a designer for many international names and has been a visiting lecturer for several years at British art colleges, including at her alma mater, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London.