heartbreaking, originally uploaded by nazreen.sansoni.

Exhibition of paintings by Muhanned Cader, recipent of the Kalasuri Award for Excellence in the Arts, titled Drawingssclupture in red and black opens this evening at 7:30 pm at the Barefoot Gallery.

There is an excellent article on Cader, and his work, in the Daily Mirror written by Jennifer Anandanyagam if you would like to read more.
Or, an interesting diversion would be to come to the opening this evening, and have a look for yourself.

see you later!



Nachtwey, originally uploaded by nazreen.sansoni.

F I L M – S C R E E N I N G ————-


WAR PHOTOGRAPHER, a film by Christian Frei, is about a committed, shy man, who is considered one of the bravest and most important war photographers of our time – but hardly fits the cliché of the hard-boiled war veteran.

In one of the world’s countless crisis areas, surrounded by suffering, death, violence and chaos, photographer James Nachtwey searches for the picture he thinks he can publish.

Swiss author, director and producer Christian Frei followed James Nachtwey for two years into the wars in Indonesia, Kosovo, Palestine… Christian Frei used special micro-cameras attached to James Nachtwey’s photo-camera.

We see a famous photographer looking for the decisive moment. We hear every breath of the photographer. For the first time in the history of movies about photographers, this technique allowed an authentic insight into the work of a concerned photo-journalist.

When: this coming Tuesday 27th November, 7:00pm for 7:30pm START.
Where: Barefoot Gallery Cafe (please come even if it is raining – screening will be held indoors)

More details about the film can be found at http://www.war-photographer.com/en/

Fashion Mood

Fashion Mood, originally uploaded by nazreen.sansoni.


A musical group from Latvia will be visiting Colombo this month, featuring Raimonds Tiguls, gifted keyboard artist and composer, who has written and produced several of his own CDs of beautiful ambient music, as well as collaborating in many other projects; his good friend Intars Busulis, upcoming internationally renowned jazz singer and trombonist, with whom he recently collaborated on the CD ‘Fashion Mood’, with acid jazz and dance music and double bassist Janis Mednis, who has played with Kremerata Baltica the celebrated Latvian classical chamber music group led by violinist Gidon Kremer.

Janis Mednis is also a gifted photographer, and recently published an exquisite album of photographs of the other-worldly coastal region of Livonia, where about 200 people still speak the original ancient languge of their people. There will be a 30 minute presentation from this work, with original live music (specially composed for and sold with the award winning book) by members of the band at the Latvian National Day celebrations at the TransAsia Hotel on the evening of Friday 16th.

Members of the band will be playing jazz standards and some of their unique music for fortunate invitee diners on the following Saturday and Sunday evenings at the TransAsia, but the Colombo public will have the opportunity of enjoying this brilliant and lively band at Barefoot, for a grand concert on Wednesday 21st in the evening, where they will be playing the coolest acid jazz and dance music from ‘Fashion Mood’ and rocking out with wonderful jazz favourites. Latvia is a country of about 2 million music-crazed people, and now the pressure is about to make Colombo explode. Not to be missed!

Tickets Rs. 1000/- available at gallery office

Wednesday 21st 7:00pm onwards

Living sculpture, performance, 2004, digital photographs series

2. Living sculpture, performance, 2004, digital photographs series, originally uploaded by nazreen.sansoni.

An exhibition by four celebrated, experienced young artists opens at the Barefoot Gallery on Wednesday, 14th at 7:30pm.

The image that you see here is by Sujeewa Kumari.

The other artists represented in this group exhibition are:

  • Manoranjan Herath
  • Vajira Gunawardena
  • Sanjeewa Kumara

Do come, to what I anticipate will be an exciting and interesting exhibition. These four artists have something to say, and it’s vital that we support our local art scene, whatever the medium or format.

“Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them.
And if men lacked this other capacity of being infected by art, people might be almost more savage still, and, above all, more separated from, and more hostile to, one another”.
Leo Tolstoy

maybe that is why great art flourishes in mature societies and is paid little heed to in societies that are finding their way.

New York


At Night
in New York City
with my Nikon
I wander the streets
searching for that elusive moment
to capture an image
so unforgettable.

Instead, I find,
that the moments
I encounter
in New York City
at night
can never be captured
in a photograph

Only Experienced.

LYCHEE LASSI- from Germany

Geothe-Institue in collaboration with Barefoot Gallery


An Eletronic Music Festival Concert

FRIDAY, 09 November at 7:00pm at the Barefoot Gallery

Live Illectronic Jamband? That’s just one way in which people have tried to even begin to describe Lychee Lassi. In 1998 Lychee Lassi started playing on the Berlin underground circuit. Beat Halberschmid (bass), Dirk Baerger (guitar), DJ Illvibe and Roy Knauf (drums) have been working together in this line-up since 1999. It is impossible to pigeonhole the unique sound of Lychee Lassi. Much of their musical heritage derives from an eccentric pallet – hip hop, funk, jazz being the most obvious influence but there are deeper otherworldly sound palimpsests that elude description. A cell without a nucleus, a band without a front person, they are all worthy of that coveted role but Lychee Lassi’s perfect amalgamation allows room for each distinct member to shine. One particular integral contributor is DJ Ill-vibe who treats his decks just like an instrument as his highly skilled counterpart do with theirs. They invent astonishing combinations, constantly surprising and surpassing each musical twist and turn with skill and ease. Lychee Lassi have gone on to play gigs all over Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the UK at clubs, open-airs, and nerdy digital arts festivals and even at truly crusty neo-hippie raves.

www. lycheelassi.de

tickets Rs. 500/- available at Barefoot and the Geothe Institute


Spring into step and look smart!
Said the mother to the son
Oh bother, said the son, ‘smart, fart’

Why should I spring? When I’d rather dance
Out here on the streets, it might be my last chance
To pirouette with aplomb…


Don’t blame me I am only a boy
Who loves nothing better than to dance with joy
How was I to know your mission?
Look! Now my shirt is crimson
Like the rambutangs that the vendors sell.

OH God, another day in hell.