THE SECOND NATURE
09 AUGUST 2018 – 29 AUGUST 2018
Vajira is unquestionably the best-known Sri Lankan artist perpetuating the legacy of Basquiat, Haring, Combas, Ouzani, and Cuban Sosabravo. Inspired by their vision challenging the existing order, innumerable anonymous youth transformed our urban environment, their motivation and expression rooted in humanity’s origins. Known today as “street art”, “graffiti”, or “tags”, it has become an international movement of unrestrained creativity, a vivid and contradictory expression of the anxieties and dreams of our societies in crisis. Sri Lanka is no exception! With this exhibition, Vajira draws an uncompromising portrait. Essentially, artists are rebels; among them is Vajira Gunawardena.
Writer and Critic, France