‘Video Landscape: Now I never go home on the old road‘,
2015 Single Channel Video, Looped, Color, Sound, 10 min
Now I never go home on the old road is a collaged sequence of the multiple journeys the artist made between Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo, his current place of residence, to Negombo, his hometown. The footage was shot over two years, and reflects the rapidly changing landscape of the country. This is indicative of the post-war phase, characterised by widespread urban development. Through the artist’s eyes we see how remnants of the violent war were concealed with concrete and tar, in the effort to fit into the generic mould of cityscapes found all over the world. These “unexceptional, repetitive testimonies of urbanity” evoke the jarring absence of “erstwhile topographies that evoked wartime memories”. As we are drawn into the narrative, we are led to wonder what these constructions are hiding beneath them, and to ask whether trauma and suffering can indeed be concealed by their conspicuous materiality.
Danushka Marasinghe (Sri Lanka) in conversation with Bruno Duparc, Director, Alliance Française de Kotte. Moderated by Proiti Seal Acharya, co-curator, Deconfine. The artist will shed light on contemporary media arts in Sri Lanka, and discuss the historical and societal influences on his work. The video of the conversation will be posted here (on the right) on Nov 22, 18h30. The same will be streamed live on Facebook accounts of Alliance Française in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Danushka Marasinghe is a Sri Lankan artist working primarily with video in expanded formats. He engages the moving image to reveal the entanglements between the lived environment, histories of violence, racism and surveillance culture. His animation and short films reveal a sense of poignancy and at times irony in their approach to darker recesses of the human condition. Marasinghe has taken part in a number of art events and exhibitions and is an active artist within the Sri Lankan art community with a strong interest to promote video and multidisciplinary art. He has participated in international art festivals such as Colombo Art Biennale in 2012, 2014 and 2016 (Colombo) and Portraits of Resistance (New Delhi), Serendipity Revealed (UK) among others.