• Liminal space: Reconfiguring Identity and Space through Contemporary Art

    2016, JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo Sharing Four Thosai Plates,Mixed Media Installation, 31 x 26.5 cm

  • Seven Conversations

    2015, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo Curated by Sharmini Pereira and T. Shanaathanan

  • Motherland I

    2015, Seashells and Ink, Dimensions Variable

  • Motherland IV

    2015, Found Ammunition and Wood, Dimensions Variable

  • Motherland I

    2015, Seashells and Ink, Dimensions Variable

  • Motherland I

    2015, Seashells and Ink, Dimensions Variable

  • Liminal space: Reconfiguring Identity and Space through Contemporary Art

    2016, JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo Sharing Four Thosai Plates,Mixed Media Installation, 31 x 26.5 cm

  • Motherland I

    2015, Seashells and Ink, Dimensions Variable

  • Colombo Art Biennale: Conceiving Space

    2016, JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo The Last Moment Series, Installation – Coconuts, Bicycle Parts, Barbed Wire and Paint

 M Vijitharan b. 1985

M.Vijitharan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts of the University of Jaffna. His body of work emphasize the experiences of civilians of the Vanni in the north of Sri Lanka and furthermore first-hand experiences the artist had of the daily challenge to survive during and post war. The artist utilizes objects and forms present in the story to create drawings and installation with direct representations. The importance of the water tank to it’s community and the bombing of it thereafter resulted in a series of drawings where the artist portrayed the form of the water tank to emphasize the importance of it’s existence in the community. Similarly his works titled Mullivaikal objectify the man vertty with welded bullets and shell casing to narrate the story of displaced farmers who resiliently tried to work on the infertile land given to them post-war only to find the soil full of sand, shells, bullets and human skeletons. ‘These objects no longer brought back the smell of paddy, they brought back the smell of war.’ Motherland I creates a visual narrative of the story of Mullivaikal, also known as the White Flag Incident. At the very end stages to the Sri Lankan civil war it is believed that the LTTE used civilians as a shield to protect themselves while they hid in a 3 km strip of land separated by a shallow sand bridge. As civilians were released the image of hundreds crossing this strip, many carrying belongings with them, became a strong memory of this time. The shells in this installation feature drawings of belongings and life; the little illustrations symbolic of what these civilians left behind as they crossed a front line. In his drawings the artist chooses an abstract mode of representation – the perspective varies from close-up to preferably aerial view, probably to enable a focus on his memories from a distant point of view – seen from above. Sketchy miniatures show crowds of refugees, evacuated in camps, tent upon tent, airplanes and helicopters crushing down on them, bombs hit the grounds. The figures are trapped and unable to go about their daily routine, like tending to their paddy fields, as they are contaminated with landmines.

 

Education

2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

 

Group Exhibitions

2016 Conceiving Virtual Space | Curated by Alnoor Mitha and Saskia Fernando | ArtSpaceSriLanka.com
2016 Colombo Art Biennale: Conceiving Space | Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 Liminal Space: Reconfiguring Identity and Place through Contemporary Art | JDA Perera Gallery,Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 C/A/M/P – Contemporary Artists’ Meeting Point | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 Disambiguation, curated by Saskia Fernando | Art Dubai 2016, U.A.E
2015 Seven Conversations | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Sri Lanka
2015 Colomboscope | curated by Natasha Ginawala & Menika Van der Poorten, organized by EUNIC, Rio Cinema, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2015 Watch This Space | curated by Saskia Fernando Galleries and Groundviews in asssociation with Art Raker Park Street Mews, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013 Open Space | a collaboration between Raking Leaves and Asia Art Archive, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013 Group exhibition | University Of Jaffna, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
2013 Group exhibition | Kalamuttam Gallery, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
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