‘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.