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    Open Door Gallery

    Liz Doles - Sri Lanka Pinhole Photography and Portraits April 22 - July 19, 2013

    Opening Reception: April 25 2013, 4pm to 7pm. Artist Talk at 6pm.

    Posted Sunday April 21 2013 at 4:53 pm.
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    Liz Dales - Sri Lanka Pinhole Photography - Slave Island Arcade Colombo

    The Open Door Gallery presents an intimate view of contemporary Sri Lanka photography by Fulbright Artist and Teacher Liz Doles.

    Liz Doles - Sri Lanka Pinhole Photography and Portraits.  April 22 - July 19, 2013.
    Opening Reception: April 25 2013, 4pm to 7pm.  Artist Talk at 6pm.

    Artist's Statement

    I traveled to Sri Lanka in 2011 on a Fulbright grant to capture the long lived and often overlooked architectural heritage of this corner of South Asia.  While traversing the country in buses, trains and trishaws, I was beguiled not only with the monuments and the myths of the powerful, but with more humble dwellings, shacks, shops and above all, with the countenance of the ordinary and the unsung.

    Sri Lanka is a tiny country that looms large on the international scene.  For the past eighteen months, I have been living and photographing in the country formerly called Ceylon.  This exhibit embodies my vision of a nation poised at the edge of transformation from a land torn by horrific internecine strife into South Asia’s next miracle.

    The rich architectural heritage bequeathed by religion and royalty in Sri Lanka is the focus of my pinhole photography.  Lush vegetation conspired with political and natural circumstances to shield these structures from ravages of time, ruins that sit beyond time and testimony.

    Of no less aesthetic value are the quieter vernacular buildings that create the charm of Ceylon.  Cadjun huts, British bungalows, and ramshackle apartments speak of the diversity and richness of both the contemporary urban environment as well as the character of village life.

    I spent time photographing the faces of the post war Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians who quite literally rub shoulders as they strive to form a cohesive national identity in this densely populated land.

    "Ceylon is the cradle of the human race because everyone there looks an original . . ." - George Bernard Shaw.

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