The third edition of the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB 14), “Making History,” opened on the balmy afternoon of January 30. Spread across seven venues, filled with thought-provoking sculptures, photographs, texts, installations, drawings, videos, performances and paintings, the works of 59 artists from 16 countries explore art’s relation to history. War, power, gender and violence are recurring themes that weave the exhibits together—not surprising given the host country’s recent war-torn history. In a way, this biennale seems a conclusive remark to its previous iterations, including the 2009 “ Imagining Peace” and 2012 “Becoming.” “Making History” can be praised for its well thought-out curatorial strategy. It takes you across the scenic city of Colombo into the classical architecture of colonial buildings and reinvigorated warehouses in one breath. Exciting artworks abound, frequently breaking into performance and sidewalk improvisations.
All photos by Kurchi Dasgupta for ArtAsiaPacific.
The Colombo Art Biennale “Making History” runs through February 9, 2014.
Kurchi Dasgupta is an Indian painter, writer and translator based in Nepal.