Raking Leaves invites you to the opening of Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture & Design

Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture & Design is a public archive dedicated to collecting materials, in English, Sinhala and Tamil, related to the development and study of visual culture in Sri Lanka. Access to the Archive is free to all.

The Archive is the first physical space of its kind in the country and aspires to provide not only an invaluable resource, but also a space to browse, study, converse and meet. The collection is growing and currently shelves over 400 donated items. These include books, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, monographs and more. Featured Talks, Books, Exhibitions, Screenings and Words connected with the Archive will appear as part of a regular program of public activities.

More details here http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6bc920cbef7d5dc054657f36f&id=a789a87e57&e=2232f03fbd

source: www.us2.campaign-archive2.com

“Under Sri Lanka’s Big Roof” by Martin Filler

“Sipping gin-and-tonic sundowners on the terrace of Lunuganga, the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa’s sprawling country house, he and his principal collaborator during the 1950s and 1960s, the Danish architect Ulrik Plesner, now eighty-two, might impulsively decide to extend the parapet beneath them by a few feet, or to render a distant vista more agreeable by removing hundreds of intervening trees. Within hours these changes would come to pass, thanks to an endless supply of cheap semi-skilled labor and a strong local crafts heritage.”

Via http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/may/29/sri-lanka-bawa-plesner/

Source: Groundviews et nybook