30.07.2015 l EUNIC Sri Lanka presents Cinnamon Colomboscope 2015. A cityscape is often seen as a space which reflects the urbanity and developmental drive of a society, a space in which is written the aspirations and goals of a forward-looking people.
However, it also lends itself to becoming the site of multiple tensions and competing understandings of its inhabitants, allowing for the burgeoning of alternative discourses within this seemingly uncomplicated space.
Colomboscope 2015 attempts to understand the nuances of urban life, and will seek to comprehend how varying perceptions of time and identity interact to create a space that embodies the numerous discourses it hosts. Featuring the arts in its multidisciplinary forms, the festival will utilize two broad approaches to discuss this year’s theme: an exhibition titled Shadow Scenes, and a talks and literature programme on The City. Identity. Urbanity.
The Rio complex in Slave Island casts a disturbing shadow on Colombo’s cityscape. Its abandoned state reflects certain truths that are often concealed. The seven-storey building provides the ideal ambiance for the exhibition Shadow scenes, curated by Natasha Ginwala and Menika van der Poorten. Performing, exhibiting and playing among the shadows, artists will attempt to convey the hidden realities of urbanization. Disturbing truths resurface as the past is brought out of the shadows, enabling audiences to gain a holistic idea of city development. Performance, painting, installation, photography and cinema offer a multiplicity of lenses through which standard notions of the city will be deconstructed. The exhibition will feature international and local artists, and will take place from the 21st – 30th August 2015.
The talks and literature programme on the theme of The City. Identity. Urbanity. is curated by Radhika Hettiarachchi, and will also feature panelists of international and local renown. The talks will focus on the concept of the identity of a city-dweller, and will seek to understand the phenomenon of what it means to be ‘urban’. The talks will take place from the 21st – 23rd August 2015 at the Masonic Hall and at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel.