‘Where many images are possessed, there is always implicit narrative to be elucidated.’
Shalini Ganendra Advisory is delighted to present ‘Trincomalee – My Father’s Stories and the Lost Photographs’, an exhibition of highly acclaimed work by award-winning fine artist and photographer Liz Fernando.
Recently acquired for the private collection of the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C., Liz Fernando’s major work ‘Trincomalee’ comprises lost images reconstructed from Sri Lanka’s collective memory and oral histories relayed to the artist by her father. Fernando engages with historical narratives at a personal level, extending her academic research surrounding the role of photography in South Asia into highly sophisticated and descriptive images.
Tricomalee is a growing installation built around the original piece, a handmade eponymous art book by the artist, that celebrates the image and written word, capturing memory both real and imagined. The exhibition grows, having been first shown in 2011 and then 2016 and now in 2018. New works extend the installation to photographic works and embossed prints by Liz Fernando and demonstrates several approaches to the medium of printing. In this exhibition Fernando creates and deconstructs an unfolding narrative that exposes the fragility of memories, explores the concept of nostalgia and establishes an underlying universal/personal vocabulary that invites the viewer to make narratives of their own memory and identity.
Liz Fernando is a graduate from the prestigious LCC BA Photography programme at the University of Arts, London. Her work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern in London and is showcased by Photoworks, Brighton. She is a nominee for the Sovereign Art Prize 2018, and lives and works in Berlin and Colombo.
EDITIONS brings together artists to consider the art and medium of multiples in both serial and unique forms. ‘Editions’ in the traditional artistic context brings to mind reproduction – think ‘prints’ or ‘photographs’. This project explores broader practical implications of ‘editions’ for creators, extending the concept to an array of mediums including: animation, video, digital, handmade and embellished works.
EDITIONS features both artists whose practices are directly influenced by the consideration of multiples, and also artists whose current works are unique, including: the partnership of Talha KK + Tsa Meera of Imaginary 23, who recently directed Kyoto Protocol’s latest music video Delta Wing; Mahen Bala‘s wonderful 222KM series that captures the soon to be historic railway stations on the West Coast of Malaysia; veteran art photographer, Eric Peris’ hand-printed silver gelatin works Tin Mine Landscapes (as published); unique, hand stencilled, identically repeated artwork on tables by Nowornever Design, a creative and experimental design hub; award winning Haris Abadi‘s newest animation on digital canvas accompanied by instrumental Kelantanese wayang kulit music. Joining also are artists whose current practices are not steeped in the consideration of multiples, such as eminent Sri Lankan talent, Sujeewa Kumari, whose specially commissioned Threading Tales series features vintage sepia images on canvas, embellished with the artist’s signature thread and paint work, creating beautifully unique canvases out of a traditionally repetitive photographic format.
Finally, the XYZ Brick Chords Pavilion, the fourth edition of SGA’s PavilionNOW project, designed and constructed by the dynamic young firm, XYZ Design, to serve as an interactive architectural feature at Gallery Residence for contemplation and celebration.
Opened in January 2011, Gallery Residence is a tangible symbol of SGA’s commitment to design and applauds innovation and creativity of internationally renowned local talents. The space itself is an ideal backdrop for showcasing SGA’s eclectic range of art and design exhibitions – providing a contemporary arena for contemporary art. The inspiring building is at the forefront of modern architectural style, boasting effective design for green living.
Gallery Residence was designed by the award winning architectural luminary Ken Yang in collaboration with SGA as an exhibition space that embraces aesthetic and conceptual innovation, in line with contemporary art thought. Gallery Residence presents unique green features including a wind catcher, bioswales and turf ramps, and is the first space of its kind in the region.
Gallery Residence also accommodates living and work spaces for artists and management who live in and maintain the building.
The interior galleries have Rio LED track lighting which more accurately shows the artwork, creates a comfortable and elegant atmosphere and is energy efficient. Garden lighting is a mixture of LED and Solar, selected and placed to emphasise building design, outdoor installations and landscaping features.
Gallery Residence was one of the first projects in Malaysia to receive Green Building certification and won a PAM (Architects) Excellence Award in 2011. The space has been twice nominated for the Aga Khan Architecture Award.
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With over twenty years of experience and expertise, Shalini Ganendra Advisory (‘SGA’ or the ‘Advisory’, formerly Shalini Ganendra Fine Art) continues to focus on projects, development and collections. Community and capacity enrichment has been a key feature of the Advisory practice since its inception, leading to the establishment of quality on-site research, art and residency programmes.
Led by cultural entrepreneur, Shalini Ganendra, the Advisory possesses an exceptional level of curatorial intelligence and market expertise, which enables advice on all aspects of collection care, growth and enrichment by recommending acquisitions, collection strategy, publication and institutional connection.
SGA’s Asian specialisation includes featuring creators from and/or connected to Asia. In depth research form the basis for developing the Advisory’s informed views and creative analysis. Additionally, SGA provides independent and full-service advisory services, ranging from collection management to negotiating terms/discounts on behalf of clients.
The Advisory is housed in the award winning, eco-tech space, Gallery Residence, which plays host to exhibitions, projects, programs, and living – in Kuala Lumpur.