Deneth Piumakshi Veda Arachchige participating at the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, which takes place between June 11 and September 18, 2022.
With photography, video, sculpture, and installation, the artist narrates the story of her ancestors, the Indigenous Adivasi (formerly known as Vedda) people of Sri Lanka.
"My work here for the Berlin Biennale is focusing about de-colonisation. And restitution. Especially in the field of restitution about our ancestral remains that is kept in European museums and institutions," she says.
Using her own body as the basis for one sculpture titled 'Self-Portrait as Restitution – from a Feminist Point of View', Arachchige holds a replica of the skull of an Adivasi man that was removed by the Sarasins.
"I'm not a historian or anthropologist. But I am a human being and an artist coming from Sri Lanka. Born, brought up and educated from Sri Lanka. So for me as an artist, as a woman artist, it is very important to raise this issue. And bring these important topics, and archives to the surface of European society," she says.
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Photo credits: Sinni-coastal Vedda women, Wendelos-Bai, North of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka,’ 2020, from the series 136 years ago & now, 2019-22, Photograph, 40 × 60 cm // © Deneth Piumakshi Veda Arachchige, Gandy gallery