FILM NIGHT- ‘When we were Kings’


This month, we are going to show our monthly film on WEDNESDAY 29th October. Please come and watch the 1996 documentary film WHEN WE WERE KINGS – Muhammad Ali’s famous ‘rumble in the jungle’ in Zaire (DR Congo).

When: 7pm, Wednesday 29th October 2008
Where: Barefoot (rain or no-rain)

A few days before the United States Presidential elections, WHEN WE WERE KINGS is an interesting film to watch, and contemplate what the world might have been like if ‘they’/’we’ had remained kings and queens… (more from Wikipedia)… The film shows the buildup to the fight. Ali is shown talking about his beliefs regarding Africans and African-Americans, speaking of the inherent dignity of the native Africans and his hopes for African-Americans in the future.

See you on Wednesday,
– from the BFC team

The Book of Faces

SASKIA PINTELON will launch her book at barefoot this evening at 7:30 pm.

The Book of Faces, originally uploaded by nazreen.sansoni.

The book of faces’ is the first monography published about Belgian artist, Saskia Pintelon containing a series of recent work. The subject is the mezmerizing and enigmatic ‘faces’ of Sri Lanka inspired by the personals for arranged marriage in the local Lanka newspapers. The ‘faces’ look out at us with moving, eyes that let us catch a glimpse of their soul. The work has a raw femininity that is sensual with a certain carnal truth. Depicted works in the book have a graphic quality, contain texts and are done in mixed media on recycled tea bags. Recto side is art work whereas the verso contains texts and various photographic material concerning her life, work and inspiration, excerpts from sketchbooks as well as more images of work. The book is in English, contains one biographical text, an interview and an art-critical text in both French and English. It is a fold-out table book on recycled paper in a sleeve-box. The book is published by CLAM Paris.

kaffirs to perform at Barefoot

Hi there

Please come and experience the unique culture and music of THE KAFFIRS at the Barefoot Gallery on Sunday, 2nd November at 7pm.

The Kaffirs arrived in Sri Lanka in the 1500s. They were brought by the Portuguese from Mozambique.

Entry by donation (Rs. 500). Tickets available from Barefoot. Part of the proceeds will go directly to supporting the Kaffir performers.

Please come and enjoy the sounds of Africa, in Sri Lanka.

See you at 7pm – rain hail or shine!

Thanks, Jesse on behalf of the Kaffirs…


The frogs croak
the noise bellows via the phone
“what?” I shout, “I can’t hear you.”
“I am leaving” is the reply.
leaving? I mutter
mentally count my friends, my white friends-
abandoning the country
They once loved, cherished.
worked hard. had so much fun in-
drove it NSEW
mesmerized by the beauty
as they turned each corner.

today a human rights nightmare
where no one is safe
from a menace
that we don’t understand
terrorism for too long
society? civil society?
what’s that?

We might as well leave
sever the bonds that keep us here
we don’t count
we create, give, play, and love
for what?
remnants everywhere
architecture, food, dress
roads, design, culture
For whom?
A country that does not know us.
A country that refuses to recognize us.