Kunstnernes Hus Oslo / Saturday February 8th. 2pm Artist Shows Artist: Christopher Kulendran Thomas
lørdag 8. februar 2014 kl. 14:00 på Kunstnernes Hus
Kunstnernes Hus Oslo / Saturday February 8th. 2pm
Artist Shows Artist:
Christopher Kulendran Thomas
Christopher Kulendran Thomas is a UK-based artist of Sri Lankan origin who works through collaboration and/or exploitation to manipulate the processes through which art is distributed in order to set in motion the mechanisms of social change. His ongoing enterprise ‘When Platitudes Become Form’ takes as its materials some of the cultural consequences of 2009’s genocidal violence in Sri Lanka and the consequent economic liberalisation that has followed. Artworks from the island’s resultant ‘peacetime’ contemporary art boom are purchased and reconfigured or reframed by Thomas for international circulation. Incorporating these original artworks into his own compositions, Thomas exploits the gap between what’s considered contemporary in two different art markets and the gap between his family’s own origins and his current context. This work anchors and fuels a globally dispersed online and offline network for community-organised filmmaking from the Tamil diaspora that has fled Sri Lanka’s continuing racial violence.
Thomas himself was born in London in 1979 after his parents fled the beginnings of that ethnic conflict. Since graduating from the MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths (London) in 2012, solo exhibitions of Thomas’ work have been held at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin), the Centre for Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv) and Mercer Union (Toronto). His work is currently included in Tate Liverpool’s historical survey ‘Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789-2013’ and the forthcoming exhibition ‘Dark Velocity’ will be opening at CCS Bard (New York) in April 2014.