NO LABELS (International Women’s Day 2014)     An International Women’s Day message first published on Groundviews. http://groundviews.org/2014/03/07/no-labels-international-womens-day-2014/ © Natalie Soysa | Shanika Perera | Timothy Barco 2014ALL RIGHTS RESERVED If there were no division, there would be no sides to be taken. We take stances as women’s organizations, LGBT collectives, racists, classists, as men as women. We call each other names and derogatory terms to differentiate ourselves ...

I WAS. I AM.  (Concept Note) Here’s the concept note for the 3-part photos and audio based documentary co-produced by Sachini Perera & myself for the CPA/Groundviews 30 Years Ago initiative. Videos will be uploaded here soon. The entire gamut of work can be viewed here – http://30yearsago.asia/

De-coding Shailesh Waingankar: The Island Said She Will Not Let Him Go Originally published on HOMEGROWN: http://homegrown.co.in/sri-lankan-connect-decoding-shailesh-waingankar/ The Island said she would not let him go… Last year an Indian boy came to our little island. And for a minute there, he found himself. Lost somewhere between alternate rock and what I suspect must have been commercial house, I doubt that Mumbai-bred Shailesh Waingankar knew what Sri Lanka’s underground movement of post-conflict creativity ...

Thirty Years Ago, Today A piece I wrote for Groundviews this morning in memory of Black July 1983. Photograph by Sachini Perera http://groundviews.org/2013/07/23/on-black-july-i-was-3-years-old/ Thirty years ago today, on Black July, I was 3 years old. I doubt I even knew what the difference between Sinhalese or Tamil or Muslim meant at the time. I am angered that the 30 years since has taught me otherwise. ...

The Soul Gallery, Part III: Nihara Fernando An interview with artist Nihara Fernando on how art creates trends, published in today’s NATION. http://www.nation.lk/edition/fine/item/17305-mad-hatter%E2%80%99s-tea-party.html Nihara Fernando is a woman on a mission; she wants to create a hat-wearing culture in Sri Lanka; “It’s strange that we haven’t considered it already, being a tropical country.” she says. “I never thought about it before. I’ve seen the random person wearing ...

The Soul Gallery, Part II: Ruwangi Amarasinghe An interview with local artist Ruwangi Amarasinghe, on the benefits of the wandering mind, published in today’s NATION   http://www.nation.lk/edition/fine/item/17177-the-soul-gallery.html Growing up in a family of artists must have been a wonderful experience. To come of age, watching different creative people bringing art to life through their varying processes has turned Ruwangi Amarasinghe into a creative animal all of her ...

The Soul Gallery, Part I: Sunara Jayamanne An interview with local artist Sunara Jayamanne, on how art affects life published in today’s NATION. (http://www.nation.lk/edition/lifestyle/item/17023-the-soul-gallery.html) This country is in the throngs of an all-new explosion of art and culture, resultant of a sense of a combined cultural heritage, which may just be the way out of this country’s umpteenth uprising. I cringe at the term now because it ...

A conceptual photomontage created by Artist Rudrani DeviDas & Photographer Natalie Soysa for ONE BILLION RISING, featuring music by Susheela Raman. Dedicated to all the women and children who have been abused, harassed, raped and killed because of Gender Based Violence in Sri Lanka and the world over. Socially, I rise above the framework of so-called authority that is ...

The Pettah Interchange My review and photographs of ‘The Pettah Interchange’ published in The Nation on Sunday 19th August 2012 -http://www.nation.lk/edition/free/item/9349-page-8-9-rotaract-district-3220-installation-ceremonies.html One normally wouldn’t put the words party and Pettah together in the same sentence. Last Saturday however, the heart of old world trade in Colombo became a platform for the exchange of new age ideas. Artists & musicians from Bangalore to Berlin came ...

Can STIGMATA still keep their fans Stigmatized? Review of stigmata‘s performance at the BMICH with their new line-up published in The Nation on Sunday 24th June 2012. Words and photographs by me. LINK:http://www.nation.lk/edition/fine/item/7401-can-stigmata-still-keep-their-fans-stigmatized?.html If the turnout at Stigmata’s performance on Saturday, June 16 at the BMICH was staggering, it could have been for many reasons. Firstly, it was a free concert as part of the French Spring celebrations ...

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