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Susil Senanayake

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Susil Senanayake's childhood was spent in his village near Kegalle, Sri Lanka. The natural scenic beauty of the land played a big role in his development. The vision, visual shapes, and colours are most influential in his work.

From 2002 to 2008 he was a student of the Visual and Performing Arts University in Colombo and he got the opportunity to keep close interactions with his teachers and co-artists.

Georgio Morandi (1890-1964) said, "Nothing is more abstract than reality" in a similar way Senanayake's objective is to show the abstraction that nature conceals. Extracting the essence in reality is the aim of his abstract works. In that manner he sees his own shapes and compositions.

As a contemporary artist Senanayake likes to look beyond the so-called social or political upheavals. His resources are natural and manmade landscapes, mostly townscapes. Thus his contribution is the revelation of the abstract aesthetic values, which are available within one's surroundings. The techniques used in his work are mixed media: acrylic and paper to achieve texture and a three dimensional effect.

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Cassie Machado

Cassie Machado (b.1982, United Kingdom) is an artist of English and Sri Lankan descent. She studied English at King's College London. In 2011, Cassie was awarded the Fundación Botín Residency Award by Paul Graham.

Afterlife (2011-2016) is a body of work, which reflects on the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war, and is a meditation on its trauma and its memory. As well as implying an engagement with the afterlife of events and of images the title Afterlife is inspired by the traditional beliefs towards death in Hinduism and Tamil culture – which require a series of funeral rites or acknowledgements symbolising closure to be performed as a means of safeguarding the peaceful onward journey of the self or soul into the afterlife for reincarnation.

In the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war, which was fought on the island's northern shorelines on an otherwise idyllic spit of land known as Mullivaikkal, it is estimated that between 40-70,000 civilians died in the last months of fighting alone. In this period, the vast majority of families were physically unable to perform all if any of the traditional obsequies for their lost departed. According to the traditions of Hindu and Tamil cultural beliefs, as their deaths were left unmarked, the souls of the deceased were perpetually left to wander restlessly as spectres in an obscured twilight realm. Occupying a space between reality and fiction, politics and poetics, Afterlife seeks an end to this twilight for the dead and also some illumination for the living.

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