By Sumaya Samarasinghe
Non Aligned’ an exhibition of the recent works by Muhanned Cader, Mariah Lookman, Vaidehi Raja, Lala Rukh, Thamotharampilliai Shanaathanan and Leuan Weinman opened earlier this week at the Barefoot Gallery and will continue until April 17.
The exhibits which are drawings and paintings, were mainly created for the show and the uniting link between all of them is Sri Lanka whether by “ voice, nationality or spirit”; and this; despite the fact that each of the six artists featured come from varied background, countries and are at different stages of their careers.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Mariah Lookman, the organiser of the show said “It has to do with different people who share something Sri Lankan whether in spirit, landscape or birth. This is an opportunity for us to come together and share and interpret a dialogue.”
The pieces displayed by each of these artists highlight a vast range of issues from personal, political to environmental and the interesting point is that their works are presented in varying tones.
Lookman says that humour can go a long way and quite a few complex and important messages can be transmitted with the use of irony and humour; and if communities could learn to laugh together and at each other, the chances of happiness and peaceful cohabitation seems possible.
‘Non Aligned’s participants hope that this exhibition will bring together artists who work and live in Colombo while enabling them to bounce ideas and build new links.