Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Sri Lanka.
Has Exhibited in Colombo, Moratuwa, Hambantota, Matara,
Dhaka, Enschede and Fukuoka.
After The Town Hall Bomb.
...When the Sri Lankan
President was attending a political rally at the Town Hall Colombo, a woman suicide bomber
of the LTTE guerilla unit fighting for a separate state in the north, with a bomb attached
to her midriff intended to blast the President along with herself. As a result of
the blast the president lost an eye and the bomber's body was completely destroyed...
This incident has become a reality in my exclusively personal world. Because of the
fact that the places we often frequent turn suddenly into battlefields. But the
question which baffles me most is, what is the political truth in this incident, which
bereft the right to experience the good in life for the woman bomber or for that matter
even the President herself. Through this I feel more strongly than ever towards the
'disaster of Sri Lankan feminity.'
Through this town Hall bomb incident I feel very strongly towards the feminine characters
involved in this War situation, which is created by man. But in a number of
scattered political phenomena, I as a person an non-political to the extent where I
couldn't think of anything except asking the question.. . Who am I as a man in such a
country? Because of this I place myself as the only male figure in my work of art.
(The only male figure - with the back to the viewer.) So I have created this
work as an expression of myself in a Sri Lankan context.