Group Exhibition ‘With My Back to the World’- Saskia Fernando Gallery

Sri Lanka

Saskia Fernando Gallery

Mar 03 - Apr 02, 2023

Sumi Perera, 2022, Shattering the Glass Ceiling 3, Etching, Aquatint, Incision, Layering and Stitching, 15.5×20.5×3cm
All images courtesy of Saskia Fernando Gallery

  • Saskia Pintelon, 2017, Yes or Not Are You an Exhibitionist, Mixed Media on Board, 30×21cm

  • Hansika Herath, 2023, Hidden Story 31, Woodcut print, 61×91 cm

Saskia Fernando Gallery is pleased to present an upcoming group exhibition ‘With My Back to the World' in celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, curated by Mariyam Begum and Ashini Nanayakkara. The exhibition will feature work by Fabienne Francotte, Hansika Herath, Chathurika Jayani, Shaanea Mendis, Ashini Nanayakkara, Sabeen Omar, Anoli Perera, Sumi Perera, Saskia Pintelon, Anoma Rajakaruna, Hema Shironi and Anoma Wijewardene. 

  • Sabeen Omar, 2022, The wind got up in the night and took our plans away, fabric and chalk gesso, 48×30×4cm

  • Chathurika jayani, 2023, Dreamscape 30 Acrylic corrugated board and woollen thread on canvas, 70×50cm

  • Anoli Perera, UntitledⅡ, 2016, Archival Print, 33×31cm

Borrowing its title from the 1997 work by Agnes Martin, With My Back to the World asks the viewer to observe, feel and respond to the subtleties in art-making without seeking a cause or reason. It is an attempt to grasp what remains in the liminal spaces where materials are moulded, arranged, reshaped, and deconstructed. This is an invitation to actively engage with process and the tactile conversations that emerge across different disciplines. Whether it be embroidery, beadwork, woodblock printing, painting, sculpture, assemblage, or photography, there is much that transpires within the silent interstices of subtle gestures.

  • Hema Shironi, 2020, The Walking House Stitched on Fabric, 76×152 cm, Installation view

  • Fabienne Francotte, 2022, The Thickness of Silence III, Oil and Embroidery on Canvas, 38×40cm

  • Anoma Wijewardene, 2019, Migrant, Mixed media on paper, 46×39cm

  • Shaanea Mendis, 2023, Celestial Foot, Watercolour, goldleaf, pen and ink on paper, 26×26cm

With My Back to the World foregrounds the myriad ways in which these artists actively engage with material and process to communicate the ideas they are concerned with. Here the act of making takes precedence over the finished product—every action or gesture is oriented towards a purpose and serves towards creating the overall meaning of the work. As opposed to decoding the meaning of a work, the exhibition is an invitation to slow down and enagage with the process of art making, even when it isn’t discernible in the final work. 

  • Ashini Nanayakkara, 2021, City of Bits, Archival pigment inkjet print, 90×77cm

  • Anomaa Rajakaruna, 2019, Yet There Is Hope 2, Giclée Print on Archival Photo Paper, 30×48cm


With My Back to the World

Mar 03 - Apr 02, 2023
会 場
Saskia Fernando Gallery
41 Horton Place, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
電 話
+94 11 7429010
10 AM–6 PM Monday–Saturday

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation