UN-CERTAIN (November 2018)
Video (4.26 Minutes)
By Lohan Gunaweera
Four steps forward. Four steps back. A dead end. UN-CERTAIN attempts to look at and respond to the uncertainty that prevails in the current socio-political moment. We are witnessing the deterioration of the foundations of nation, the nation state, and “country”. The nationalist world outlook faces a dead end.
UN-CERTAIN was first exhibited on the 11th November 2018 as part of the Open Studio of the moving image workshop ‘Hybrid Discourse: art, science, media, and material’ held at Theertha Red Dot Gallery, Borella. The workshop was conducted by Bharathesh GD from the 7th – 11th of November 2018, a week of extreme political and social turmoil in Sri Lanka. It was inevitable that some of the works produced during the workshop dealt with the unravelling crisis.
රට, දේශය, ජනරජය, நாட்டின், குடியரசு, … (Country, land, nation, republic in Sinhala and Tamil) are repeated forward and backward/reversed in the soundtrack, sometimes remixed and mashed up with a popular patriotic song. Videos were shot using Boomerang mobile app on a Samsung s4 phone. Edited with Kdenlive.
Reviving the blog.
I hope there will be regular updates and posts from now on. Mostly in the form of images.
Untitled, Acrylic on canvas, August 2017.
From the altered book ‘Journey to the childhood and back’
I am revisiting some of the stuff I have in my studio. These photos were taken in 2006 when I made this altered book. BUT I had “altered” it many years ago (when I was 2 or 3 years old) without even knowing what I was doing. I found it really fascinating to rework on those pages. My childhood drawings, scribblings, letters and all sorts of imaginary creatures are there. Those forms assumed their own roles within my recreation. And the original book is Lenin’s Comrades-in-Arms.
More photos are available here.
P.S. I really should self-host all these images!
Good times, 2015
Good times 2, 2015
And then the clouds swept across the plain 2, (2015)
And then the clouds swept across the plain 1, (2015)
A Possible Sunrise, Acrylic on Canvas, 2015
We’ve been collaborating on a new interdisciplinary art project that will culminate in the form of a video installation-cum-performance. Stay tuned for more updates, and a new website! :)