Soldiers are not heroes. They are not villains either. They are humans. Even those who act ‘inhumanely’ are people driven to act and have seen or done things that they can’t forget; things that may haunt them for the rest of their lives. There is a conflict in their requirement to be proud as soldiers while they suffer the consequences ...

Frida Kahlo And Private Colors | Indi Wijesekara The South American painter Frida Kahlo painted her own reality and made the observer feel what she felt. Her sense of style and colour was mostly influenced by her native Mexican culture. This collection captures this vivid identity and sense of colour in sharing a personal reality with the outer world. Ethnic identities and their vibrant individuality has been brought ...

Julius  Mitchel is primarily a Beatboxer and is also a Vocal Instrumentalist, Singer, Pianist and Choral /Acapella Music Arranger/ Composer. He has performed as a professional artist in over 4countries and has entertained thousands of people in over 250 shows. Julius’ International performances in clyde the following; China (2010 World Choir Games, Shaoxing)  Germany (2004 “Pueri Cantores” World Choir Festival) Dubai India  (Freeze Hip Hop Festival, ...

Down The Rabbit Hole | Amanda Weeraratne This project was dedicated to the exploration of the ideology of escape for our society and the role of loneliness in the lives of the world’s upper class. With power and wealth comes loneliness due to the lack of privacy; this experience is a way of observing the chance to use escapism to cope or totally leave their reality. The ...

Design is the process of solving problems in our society. When I designed the logo, branding and an exhibition for a center dedicated to perceptual dyslexia, I was trying to draw attention to a issue often unnoticed in our society and provide awareness, information and solutions through visual language that can be understood by people with this condition. The many layers ...

In a three-week artist residency in Vancouver this past September 2009, Sri Lankan artist Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan worked collaboratively with the local Tamil diaspora, exploring the condition of collectivity rooted in a consciousness of homelessness, and the idea of homeland and host land as constantly changing entities. The result is a work he calls Imag(in)ing ‘Home’ (2009), for which he and ...

We all know where our Main Streets are, but do we know what they are and why they matter? Whether they are named Avenue or Street or Boulevard, what they represent is universal. Is the Main Street the economic engine, the big stage, or the core of the community? Our Main Streets tell us how we are doing and how ...

Ronela Edirisinghe is an interior designer who has a passion for art. Before entering into the Interior Designing field, she was familiar the subject of art since her childhood, as her mother is an ardent lover of art and an artist herself. Therefore, Ronela chose Art and Design as one of her subjects at the Asian International School. However, Interior ...

Menika van der Poorten’s exhibit at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014, Where Are You From? (2012) documents the stories of the deteriorating Eurasian ‘planter’ community of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s Eurasians, a community is separate to the Sri Lankan Burgher community, were born out of colonial era interactions between Europeans, especially the British, and the native Sinhalese and Tamil population. The ...

Muhanned Cader, left Sri Lanka in 1989 to attend the Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan. After two semesters, he left Michigan and enrolled himself at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago between 1990-1994. Thereafter, he returned to Sri Lanka and lectured at the Vibhavi Academy for the next 12 years and exhibited his work at ...

Ashok Ferrey, the author of ‘The Good Little Ceylonese Girl’, ‘Colpetty People’ which was short-listed for the Gratiaen Prize in 2003 and ‘Serendipity’, which was shortlisted for the State Literary Prize, has also read Pure Maths at Christ Church Oxford. He also happens to be a comedian, guest lecturer at the Sri Lanka Institute of Architecture and a personal trainer. ...

Tharshana Wijesinghe is a 21-year-old emerging artist who experiments with different artistic mediums such as canvas, fabric and human body. At the age 8, he decided that his future will involve artistic endeavors. At Shyamala School of Art, Colombo 05, he was encouraged to be inventive and express himself through mixed media and is currently a student at Academy ...

On the 16th of November, the Editor of ARTRA Magazine, Azara Jaleel, was invited by Sharmini Pereira, the founder of the only archive for the arts in the country, Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture & Design, to speak about the vision of ARTRA and its critical discourse to the an audience consisting of students from the University of ...

Marina Bay Sands, Sand Expo & Convention Center With an attendance about 47,000 people each year, Art stage Singapore is one of the most anticipated art events in the region. With a main focus in visual contemporary art (paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, etc.) In 2015, they will also include Modern Art in the fair. Last year, 158 galleries from around ...

1.Why do you love capturing the wild? I have often wondered that myself. Sometimes I think it’s just a by product of wanting to be with nature. And photography is a way to capture and express what I feel at the moment. But the truth is far more complex than that. It’s a stress relief from work.The competitive side of ...

1. Your artistic profile; academics (this can be of your designing stuff as well) , where you have performed, Few awards and recognitions, aspirations etc I fell in love with Ballroom dancing at the age of 11 and since then I have been studying its art. My dream was to someday dance at the Blackpool International Ballroom championships in England; ...

Phantom of the Opera, bu the Workshop Players, was one of the most talked about stage plays this year and it’s almost next to impossible to find someone in Colombo who hasn’t watched the play! We spoke to some of the actors to talk about the mayhem backstage, surprises on stage that escaped the eyes of the audience or at ...

Tilaxan is a 3rd year student from the Fine Arts Department, University of Jaffna. We find his work compelling as his photography is of significant aesthetic appeal and interpretive potential, outside the social context of Jaffna as a cultural space….. For more read page 25 ARTRA Magazine Dec / Jan E15’ Purchase a copy at Barefoot, Odel, Gandhara, Sarasavi Bookshops, The Sandwich FactoryCol 7, ...

Shehan Karunatilaka Shehan Karunatilaka’s novel Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize,  the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, the 2008 Gratiaen Prize and was selected by Waterstones UK as one of the top 11 debut novels of 2011. An advertising copywriter by trade, he has also written features for the Guardian, Rolling Stone, National ...

The Ramona Oshini brand showcased their ready to wear resort collection which contained many elements of local crafts including different types and textures of Sri Lankan weaves and hand-looms, batik with their own print designs, brass work accessories and trims, crotchet and hand-lace at the Asian Fashion Week 2014 in…. For more read page 32 ARTRA Magazine Dec / Jan E15’ Purchase a ...

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