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Italian Embassy promotes Reconciliation painting  Exhibition  in Colombo

By Srimal Fernando
 
Celebrating the Beauty of Diversity an exhibition of artwork promoting peace and reconciliation has gone on show at Casa Serena Art Gallery Colombo. It is yet another important cultural cooperation event in the continuous important partnership between Italy and Sri Lanka. Through incredible stories of reconciliation the painting exhibition brought together ten of the finest painters belonging to multi ethnic and multi religious backgrounds from North to South of Sri Lanka. Genre and landscape painting captured the transformative impact of the war to peace and the deepening awareness of issues surrounding emancipation and the need for reconciliation.


The painting exhibition was generously supported and organized by the Italian Embassy in Colombo in cooperation with the Casa Serena Gallery Havelock Road.  The paintings displayed in Casa Serena Gallery, were inaugurated on 18th January 2013 by His Excellency Fabrizio Pio Arpea, the Ambassador of Italy in Sri Lanka.  The Director of the Gallery Ms Nisansala  Karunaratne  an  experienced painter in this field played a catalytic role in promoting this exhibition and provided the ten painters with a unique opportunity to  display their brushworks.


GC Ranatunga

Nihal Sangabo

The geography of the country is notable for its great diversity and lives truly up to the Painting exhibition title Celebrating the Beauty of Diversity.  During the past three years after the dawn of peace and normalcy in Sri Lanka, the process of healing and recovering has begun. The Embassy of Italy in Colombo and the Casa Serena Gallery worked on a concept where creativity can contribute to bridge gaps using Arts as a tool for communication to transcend the barriers of time, space and differences.


Thavarasa Tajendran

This concept was further developed over a two-year period. Ten Sri Lankan painters representing the Sinahlese, Tamil and Muslim communities were chosen for their aesthetic power in conveying the intense emotions of the role of art in helping peaceful coexistence for sustainable peace in a multi ethnic and multi religious Sri Lanka. These painters representing various provinces of the country had   completed artistic expressions celebrating life and peace will be displayed at the week long exhibition. Out of the ten Sri Lankan painters the brushworks by three painters from the North and Eastern province and two from Southern province of Sri Lanka portrayed various aspects experiences of peaceful coexistence among communities. The brushwork of the ten artists who are trying to foster reconciliation and peaceful coexistence through arts is on view at the Casa Serena, main Gallery from January 18 through January 27, 2013.

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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