‘In Translation’

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What does it mean to work across three languages for a museum of modern and contemporary art in Sri Lanka?

Finding the appropriate words and expressions for modern and contemporary art terms across English, Sinhala and Tamil requires thought and agreement. Who finds these words and how are they adapted and put into practice?

‘In Translation’ is a timely gathering of people who are championing trilingual work in the arts sector so that it can become more accessible and inclusive to Sri Lanka’s diverse language communities. Over the course of two days, artists, academics and poets will discuss a variety of issues related to translation.

As part of the ‘In Translation’ programme, the MMCA Sri Lanka has also commissioned Musicmatters to respond to the relationships between sound and the histories of language politics, policy and planning in Sri Lanka.
This programme is supported by the European Union and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.

All events are virtual and will be hosted via Zoom.

Keynote 

17 December 2021 4pm onwards

Guest Speaker: Dinithi Karunanayake
(Department of English, University of Colombo) 

Moderated by Phusathi Liyanaarachchi, Museum Associate

‘Translation, Memory, Poetics’ 

17 December 2021 6pm onwards

P. Ahilan, Poet (Department of Fine Arts, University of Jaffna), Kanchuka Dharmasiri, Theatre Artist (Department of English, University of Peradeniya), and Geetha Sukumaran, Doctoral Candidate (Graduate Programme in Humanities, York University)

Moderated by Ruhanie Perera, Curator Education and Public Programmes

‘Language and Identity––From a Translator’s Perspective’

18 December 2021 10.30am onwards

Museum Associates

Moderated by Praveen Tilakaratne, Museum Associate

‘Finding the ‘Equal’ Word’ 

18 December 2021 6pm onwards

T. Sanaathanan (Department of Fine Arts, University of Jaffna) and Prasanna Ranabahu (Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology) 

Moderated by  Phusathi L

‘வாசல்/ එළිපත්ත/ Threshold’ 

17 and 18 December 2021 7pm onwards

A specially commissioned digital soundwork by Musicmatters

Onsite

Curator’s Tour

with Ritchell Marcelline

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Gallery Talk

‘Artists in Exile’ with Sandev Handy

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Gallery Talk

‘Marriage, Osariya, and the Sri Lankan Woman’ with Dr. Asha Abeyasekera and Dr. Darshi Thoradeniya

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Workshop

‘Art with Family’ with Collective of Contemporary Artists (CoCA) (all ages)

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Online

Gallery Talk

‘Artists in Exile’ with Sandev Handy

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Workshop

‘Art with Family’ with Collective of Contemporary Artists (CoCA) (all ages)

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Workshop

Visual Journaling with Safiya Sideek (for ages 18 and above)

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Workshop

Botanical Drawing with Sanath Herath (for ages 16 and above)

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Workshop

Visual Journaling with Safiya Sideek (for ages 18 and above)

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Workshop

Sewing and Embroidery with Hema Shironi and Shahdia Jamaldeen (for ages 16 and above)

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Workshop

‘(Y)our Story’ with Jake Oorloff (15–18 yrs)

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Workshop

Botanical Drawing with Sanath Herath

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#SupportLocalArt Talk

The Power of Diplomacy

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#SupportLocalArt Talk

The Power of Humour

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#SupportLocalArt Talk

The Power of Community

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Workshop

‘Let’s Build an Eco-brick’ with the Pearl Protectors

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Workshop

Sewing and Embroidery with Shahdia Jamaldeen and Sabeen Omar

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Workshop

Sketching with Urban Sketchers Colombo

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Workshop

‘The Politics of Speech’ with Shannon Misso

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For Kids

Puzzle Day

(all ages)

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Puzzle Day

(all ages)

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Puzzle Day

(all ages)

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Puzzle Day

(all ages)

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For Educators

Gallery Talk

‘Artists in Exile’ with Sandev Handy

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Workshop

‘Art with Family’ with Collective of Contemporary Artists (CoCA) (all ages)

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Workshop

Visual Journaling with Safiya Sideek (for ages 18 and above)

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Workshop

Botanical Drawing with Sanath Herath (for ages 16 and above)

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Upcoming Programmes

December 09

Gallery Talk

Nelun Harasgama

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December 17

Performance

‘Christmas Carols’ with the Choir of S. Thomas’ Preparatory School directed by Harin Amirthanathan

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December 15

Performance

‘Christmas Carols’ with the Choir of S. Thomas’ Preparatory School directed by Harin Amirthanathan

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