Layla Gonaduwa’s solo exhibition held in Colombo, themed on Sri Lankan citizens’ movement

PUBLISHED Jan 5, 2023

Work by Layla Gonaduwa

The contemporary art gallery Barefoot Gallery (Galle Road, Colombo 04), Bambalapitiya, Colombo, is currently holding a solo exhibition of artist Layla Gonaduwa.

Gonaduwa is an interdisciplinary artist who works in various styles of art that are not bound by any one genre. In addition to painting, sculpture, and printmaking, she has been involved in a wide range of artistic expression, including text-based installation, diarized drawings and writings, poetry, fired enamel, and jewelry.

Gonaduwa, who says that she needs to have a real connection with her concept, has presented works on social politics, perceptions, historical narratives, and ecology that are closely related to her life as a woman. In 2000, she was awarded the Home Not Alone Residence sponsored by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

The exhibition features mixed media works focusing on the current political and socio-economic climate of Sri Lanka. The foundation of the collection is the grassroots citizens’ movement Alagaraya which emerged from the political and economic crisis in Sri Lanka. Within the framework of a typical Sri Lankan landscape, Gonaduwa intervenes subtly and quietly through material usage and symbolism; while observing, questioning, and challenging our psyche.

The exhibition is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until January 14. The gallery is closed on Sundays.

  • Mixed media work by Layla Gonaduwa

  • Work on display

  • The exhibition