"The City - Janus Faced" Anoli Perera Solo Exhibition
City: New Delhi
Duration: 2018-02-01 ~ 2018-03-01
Venue: Shrine Empire
Address: D 395 Defence Colony,New Delhi 110024
Participating Artist(s): Anoli Perera

Anoli Perera’s recent body of works are a reflection of her life in the megapolis. With the Roman god Janus — the two-faced god of the beginning of conflict and the end of conflict — as a metaphor for the schizophrenia of cities, the artist reflects on issues that plague the contemporary, from migrant labour to surveillance and the triumph of simulacra over lived realities. Ideas of growth and annihilation feed into each other in an endemic cycle. Then comes exodus, and the quest for the next Megapolis.

"The Roman god Janus, a two-faced guardian of doorways represents in the same instance inflow and outflow, the past and the present, becoming and unbecoming, Being Janus-faced is an intricate expression of binaries, two opposites or two conditions. ‘The City, Janus-faced’ builds on this implication. The City, Janus- Faced presents, the located-the dislocated and the constructed-deconstructed. This is a curious act of seeing and showing, the self and the other, muffled together, in the veil of chequered progress, to celebrate and lament our hyper-urban existence, at once."

Anoli Perera

Anoli Perera was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1962. She took a degree in political science, economics and sociology at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka followed by a postgraduate diploma in International Affairs. She then lived in the USA between 1988 and 1992 where she followed art education programmes at Santa Barbara City College, California and the visual art school of Princeton, New Jersey. She currently works as a painter, sculptor and installation artist, based in Rajagiriya in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. She also writes on art, organises and curates art events. She is Coordinator of Theertha International Artists Workshops and was a founding member of the collective, which is affiliated to the Triangle Arts Workshop. She is a council member of Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts and a member of the Art Link International Artists’ Workshop Committee.


[Editor] 张艳