Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Sri Lanka;
Academy of Fine Arts, The Netherlands; Dutch Art Institute, The Netherlands.
Has Exhibited in New York, Colombo, Kandy, Velsen, Oldenzaal,
Heerenveen, Amsterdam, Weert, Delden, Nijmegen, Starzach and Gronau.
Sanjeewa Kumara' s work is directed towards a
new dimension, and is not connected very directly with defining the present.
However, they do not exclusively portray exotic, primitive, decorative or metaphysical
narratives. He find the motifs from colonialism and post-colonialism, Colonial expansion
is a story of the meeting between European and Asian peoples. The mercantile and
industrial capitalism of Portuguese, Spanish, British, Dutch, Belgian etc. reflects the
South Indian Ocean trade developments. Over 450 years of colonization and 30 years of
independence communicate this trans-cultural conversation. Most significantly, Colonialism
and post-colonialism raises questions about how notions of 'self ' and 'identity' have
undergone deep and permanent changes because of the complex impact of Imperial cultures on
native civilizations. His works establish a forum to discuss these crucial issues.
S K Weerasinghe