THEERTHA AT BAREFOOT
Exhibition of paintings by
Anoli Perera, Anura Krishantha, Anusha Gajaweera, Bandu Manamperi, Buddhika Nakandala, Danushka Marasinghe, GR Constantine, Jagath Weerasinghe, Koralegedara Pushpakumara, Lalith Manage, Liz Fernando, Menika Van Der Poorten, Pradeep Chandrasiri, Pradeep Thalawatta, Prasanna Ranabahu, Priyanthi Anusha, Thisath Thoradeniya
Theertha International Artists Collective
In 2000, a group of friends and artists who had been working together since mid 1990s, formally named themselves ‘Theertha International Artists collective’. The mission and vision of Theertha was to work towards enhancing art appreciation, the role of art in social and political issues, growth of artistic and intellectual creativity in Sri Lanka. Theertha thought of itself as working as a process that interrogated and destabilized the status quo that had allowed all kinds of hegemonic practices to form in the cultural, political, and artistic fields in the island and elsewhere. Theertha critically engages with and questions the possibilities of nationalist and racist systems of thoughts at work amongst us and in the communities at large. In the same vein, Theertha has the same critical approach to the exclusivist and hegemonic practices of curatorial networks and craftsmanship that attempt to colonize the future of the art world for the service of the powerful institutions.
The emergence of Theertha coincided with an artistic trend known as the ‘Art of the 90s’ or the ’90’s Trend’. This title was given to a narrative turn in art making in Sri Lanka in the hands of several artists from Colombo to Jaffna and Theertha provided a lasting and definitive creative energy to this trend that was experimental, socially critical and interventionist. In short, Theertha was the artists’ movement that galvanized and emboldened this radical artistic trend till late 2010s.
Barefoot Gallery serves as a platform for artists, musicians, poets, and filmmakers
The Colombo Gallery was begun by Barbara Sansoni in 1967 and had its home in Anderson Road in a building designed by Ulrik Plesner. The Colombo Gallery became Gallery 706 and that became the BAREFOOT GALLERY in the mid-nineties, which serves as a platform for artists, musicians, poets, and filmmakers in Colombo.