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A NEW ORDER

Contemporary visual art in Sri Lanka

Anoli Perera

In this attempt to trace the present position of the visual arts in Sri Lanka and the dynamics that are at play, it is necessary to place in context certain historical moments and events that have influenced the art scene and artists. The 1940s was a significant decade for Sri Lanka, both culturally and politically. It saw the birth of the Sri Lankan modern movement in the visual arts, as well as the transformation of the country's political structure, with independence from the British in 1948…

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