The Human Rights Arts Festival 2017.

If you're feeling like some hifalutin culture mixed with some hard hitting political critique, the Human Rights Arts Festival is currently on and open to the public at the JDA Perera Gallery. And it's free.

Featuring the work of 32 local and international artists, the festival, the first in what will be an annual event, curates art forms ranging from visual, sound, performance and installation works.

T. Shanathanan

Curated by Chandraguptha Thenuwara, the space created at the JDA is a visceral mix of artworks originating from a range of ideological leanings. Artists from the Jaffna School, such as T. Shanathanan, S.P. Pushpakanthan, Vijitharan Maryathevathas and Susiman Nirmalavasan have contributed thought-provoking works dealing with post-war violence and anguish.

Anoma Wijewardne

The work of artists like Anoma Wijewardene, Kingsley Gunatillake, Prageeth Rathnayake and Nuwan Nalaka echo these themes. These engage and immerse the viewer, forcing them to question Sri Lanka's post-conflict socio-cultural frameworks.

Kingsley Gunatillake

Other artists critique the idea of human rights itself, as used within a neoliberal modernity, and question as to whether they are sufficient to deal with unrecognized violations suffered by most humans today such as economic injustice, mental health and childhood trauma.

Menika Van Der Poorten

Works by Menika Van Der Poorten and Gayan Prageeth situate the issue in real world contexts, the former through a series of photographs taken of 'old IDP' (Muslims displaced in the early 90s) women and the latter through his powerful work on the Welikada prison riots. 

Nuwan Nalaka

Stand out performances on the first day included those from international artists in residence at Sura Medura in Hikkaduwa and Venuri Perera's crew. If you missed the opening, you can catch them on video at the venue. 

Lorna Rees

Sound and video installations also form a key part of the festival. The resident artists' video installations offered a reflective glimpse of Sri Lanka as seen through a foreign perspective. While a documentary film on Wilpattu attempts to overturn commonly held stereotypes and notions about the recent conflict around the National Park. 

The Human Rights Arts Festival 2017 is on until the 17th of December at the JDA Perera Gallery on 46, Horton Place, Colombo 07. Open daily from 10 am to 8 pm.
The festival will also feature musical performances every night from 6 to 8 pm.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




Indulge in Japanese Culinary Bliss at Minori Restaurant

By Sahasni Gamage Nestled within the luxurious Granbell Hotel, Minori Japanese Restaurant offers an unparalleled

Highlights Kamu

Experience flavorful Singaporean delights with a modern twist at Shiok!

By Sahasni Gamage We recently had the pleasure of dining at Shiok Singaporean Restaurant, which

Highlights Kamu

7 Fantastic Pizza Places to Try in Colombo

By Shamrina Carim Colombo, the vibrant capital city of Sri Lanka, is a haven for

Highlights Kamu

High Tea Guide for 2023

You and your friends decide to meet up after your last farewell, get together or

Highlights Kamu

Excel World Legacy Food Court launches Indi-Arabia Menu

By Hashini Pathirana Experience a culinary journey like no other at Excel World's launches


A Taste of Jaffna at Flavoured by Cinnamon Red

By Hiruni Herath Flavoured at Cinnamon Red is enclosed by stunning views of the Colombo

Highlights Kamu Uncategorized


Radisson Blu Resort Galle recently organized a delightful wine-tasting occasion

Radisson Blu Resort Galle recently hosted a delightful wine-tasting event on September 17th, showcasing an


Hilton Sri Lanka Collaborates with VOICE Area Federation to Enhance Community Resilience and Combat Hunger

For a brighter and secure Sri Lanka, fostering sustainability via community farms and kitchen programs.


Galle Face Hotel Presents ‘Yaalpana Santhai’ – A Gastronomic Journey into Jaffna Cuisine

Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Galle Face Hotel, an iconic landmark in Sri Lanka's hospitality


The Latest MSI Limited-Edition Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is Available Now

MSI, the world-leading laptop brand, proudly unveiled its latest limited-edition laptop, the Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG

Highlights Trending

Türkiye Food Festival Unveiled at Courtyard by Marriott Colombo

Colombo, September 4, 2023 - Courtyard by Marriott Colombo, an esteemed member of the Marriott


A Pho-Nomenal Vietnamese Feast at Cinnamon Grand Colombo

Vietnamese food has made its mark on the global culinary map with favourites such as


Yamu Guide.

Spotting Blue Whales in Mirissa with Chaminda Whale Watching

The whale watching tour in Mirissa Start time: 6:30am Duration: 3-5 hours depending on sightings

Highlights Yamu Guide

The Rise of Plant-Based Diets: Benefits and Challenges

By Shamrina Carim In recent years, plant-based diets have surged in popularity, drawing attention for

Highlights Yamu Guide

6 Things to Do at One Galle Face

Set against the panoramic backdrop of the Indian Ocean "Colombo’s first prestigious shopping mall is

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Things to do at Colombo City Center

By Shanali Fernando 1. Shop till you drop A stunning integrated lifestyle destination set in

Highlights Yamu Guide

Wedding Venue List 2023

By Shanali Fernando When envisioning your wedding day, you may find yourself torn between various

Highlights Trending Yamu Guide

8 Places to get an Eid Sawan this Hajj Festival

The Muslims celebrate Hajj globally on the 29th of June, 2023. No doubt, along with

Highlights Yamu Guide