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To know yourself as the being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.
— Eckhart Tolle


A journey from home. Performances about life. Actions of everyday. Stories of all colours. Across borders. Of human struggles. Of love. Breaking stereotypes. A time between tradition and modernity. Re-inventing cultures and celebrating identity. Spirituality. Community. Identity. Things that keep us sane. We create art to make peace.I come from a long line of sufi saints who brought Sufism to Bangladesh. It’s quite a spiritual approach; my work isn’t religious, it just reflects the way I am in my life.

Being invited to exhibit at the Lionel Wendt Gallery was one of the highlights to the trip, I felt extremely honoured and fortunate to be exhibiting in Sri Lanka for the first time in a gallery of my photographic icon, Lionel Wendt, one of the founders of the ’43 Group, a collective of contemporary Sri Lankan artists.


My work explores perspectives on homeland, retracing legacies and memories of forgotten history. In all of my work I try to evoke an immediate emotional connection between subject and viewer and much of my work is occupied in capturing and conveying the expressions, emotions and gestures of my subjects.


My interest in the pioneering work of the 19th century Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, inspired me to stage a new interpretation of her work, engaging and developing a timeless relationship with her images. I re-imagine the life of her silent subjects, over a century later, and the work is a symbol of untold stories. This exhibition suggests the power of reclaiming the silenced voice that is all too often written out of human existence.


My visit to Sri Lanka was inspired by the work of my mentor, the renowned Sri Lankan photographer and filmmaker, Dunstan Perera, who first introduced me to the work of Julia Margaret Cameron. He also encouraged me to look into the ancient art and culture of his homeland including the rock cave temples, frescos and monuments in Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Sigiriya.


This exhibition consists of 21 etchings, carborundums and woodcuts that follow an intimate and poetic narrative. I use elemental materials drawn from the environment and my work is intrinsically connected to the landscape that I newly engages with. The colours and textures in my work have reminiscences of terracotta, earth pigment and draws from my indigenous culture.


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