Since the launch of the Art linK grants programme in April 2015, the twelve recipients have strived to capture the milieu in which they live and the soul of the times in their artwork. We are truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to support these highly talented artists. They have all inspired us and their audiences in a special way. As we lift them up in their creative and professional endeavours, we provide vignettes of their central work.
X 10 has captured frames of the psychological context in which women in the middle-east toil as domestic workers. Although their film frames graphically demonstrate the barbarism, we are enamoured by their work. While we are all victims of the current economic system, X 10’s efforts at confronting and galvanizing the ghosts of labour are an important point as Sri Lanka prepares for new economic escapades under the watchful gaze of free market evangelists.
The Contemporary Art Commune is well-known for their diverse oeuvre that depicts discussions from popular culture to sport spectacles that have relationships to political structures. Their radio plays on seeking false prosperity to commodity fetishism, although yet to be played on air, have found new converts among the dramatists themselves!
Music Matters had their first concert in Colombo and their trans-coastal collaboration with the people of Batticaloa was well-received by a spell-bound audience at the Barefoot Gallery.
Sirahununi has provoked a serious discussion on conflict between the Tamils and the Muslims in the east coast.
As Art linK strives to become the beating heart of art in Sri Lanka, these behind-the-scenes stories, we hope, will influence critics, dealers, collectors, journalists, citizens, opinion-leaders, academics and political organs. All this as we strive to portray the beautiful, the noble, the mundane and the monstrous.