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Sunday, March 22, 2015
event
Muvindu Binoy, visual artist and videogra-
pher, presents his first solo show on March 21,
2015 to May 18, 2015 from 10 am to 6 pm at
the Saskia Fernando Gallery, 41, Horton Place,
Colombo 7.
His works are digital print on canvas pre-
sented as a series with a concept focusing on
Generation Y and the Internet culture. As part
of this generation, born in 1989, Binoy pres-
ents his views and observations of politics to
culture. Here is an artist who communicates a
subject that has not been approached to date
and brings us forward into a new generation of
young artists, aka the ‘Curfew Babies’.
In your concept note you discuss your
work in relation to your opinion of Genera-
tion Y. How does it relate to your work Cos-
mic Love?
There is a different concept to each and
every piece. My work is a movement, a mo-
tion, between every piece. I want to embrace
the Internet culture. I want to use its templates,
layouts and incorporate that in my work. Look
at the ‘like’ count on the bottom of the image.
People are so concerned about others opin-
ions, we have such power, so this is why I want
to represent that extremity in my work.
So, you are still saying that we are
connected?
It’s pretty much like this; people are waiting
for something to happen, but I think it’s already
happened. People are waiting for someone
to come and fix something. It could be God; it
could be aliens. I think the connection has al-
ready happened. It’s our ego that clashes after
some point. The connection is already there,
but it is also our ego that clashes with this at
some point. We can’t say that the Internet
made it that way. I’ve quoted somewhere that
we are waiting for telepathy, some wonderful
miraculous connection; I think it could perhaps
be the Internet. People blame the Internet for
breaking that connection when I think the In-
ternet could in fact even be that connection. I
think it’s part of evolution but at the same time
I’m not saying Internet is organic. I don’t think
anything is really organic anymore. To me, all
the faith in the world today is plastic. Organic is
dying everyday with our generation. I think after
our generation, there will be nothing organic.
People are now chemical in my opinion, and
I’m not referring to drugs. They want some-
thing from outside. They try to find faith, love
or spirituality as an answer to their search. I’m
not saying this is bad; it’s all a part of us so we
must embrace it.
You’ve titled your exhibition the
Holy Merchandise, what is the meaning
there?
Holy refers to each and everybody. You can
see different layers and crops in each and ev-
ery piece. You can relate something to the sub-
ject in each and every piece. It can be a face,
a leg. That’s the holy part. The connection the
audience makes, makes it holy. Merchandise
represents our ability to consume or sell the
image.
Is that an oxymoron in a sense? You are
playing on the representation?
*He laughs*
With your work, there are elements that con-
nect us very clearly to what you are talking about
with this Internet culture and this generation that
we live in but there is also a lot of imagery in
the earlier works that are connected to current
events and Sri Lankan history.
It’s pretty much the representation of events
at that time. Hate speech spread faster through
the Internet,and somehowwe changed an entire
government with the assistance of the Internet.
It happened to Obama, it happened to Modi and
it happened here as well. The power of using it
is what I’m talking about, without taking the side
of the Internet, what I’m saying is that there is
no harm in embracing it. I can’t say pop cul-
ture but perhaps more Internet reference, from
the hashtag to the frames that people use. We
have become used to it. I was once against it
and now I like it. It’s part of our culture.
For further information please contact:
+94 11 7429010
Visual artist Binoy
presents solo show
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