Round the Potholes

Press Release

The Directors of the Barefoot Gallery in association with the Embassy of Switzerland present: Round the Potholes – Photo Exhibition by Joel Sames

BAREFOOT Gallery Colombo
704 Galle Road

Opening 24th February – 7.30 pm to 9.30pm
Show runs 25th – 26th February 2012
Saturday 10am – 7pm , Sunday 11am to 5pm

Swiss photographer Joel Sames has been following Street Culture activities around the globe. His photographs allow an inside view into the skateboarding, breakdance and Hip-Hop scenes of Afghanistan, India and Cambodia. Joel especially focuses on programs and organizations using the empowering qualities of those subcultures in the field of development cooperation and peace work.

Joel recently graduated as a postindustrial designer / interaction manager at the Academy of Arts and Design in Basel. His thesis analyzes the possibilities of Street Cultures as a tool in conflict transformation and to empower kids from poor backgrounds.He held talks and presentations at events as the Frankfurt Book Fare, the Asian Pacific Weeks Berlin, the Archive of Youth Cultures and the European University of Voluntary Service.

Opening Event
The opening event at Barefoot Gallery Colomboon Friday 24th February will feature talks and videos about the projects in Afghanistan, India and Cambodia

Joel Samessupports and represents several NGO`s which are using Street Cultures as a tool:

Skateistan– Skateboardingschool Afghanistan,
Tiny Toones– Hip Hop Drop-in Center Cambodia,
Tiny Drops – Hip Hop Breakdance Centre India

Press Images:

For more information please call:

Barefoot Gallery Colombo
+94 11 2505559

Joel Sames
+94 776868026

‘SAAKSHI’ an exhibition of paintings depicting violence against women.

• To create general awareness of this subtle form of discrimination that affects more than half the Sri Lankan population
• To be involved in an activity promoting non-violence in post-war Sri Lanka, forming a part of the 16 day activism beginning from 25th November (Violence against Women’s Day) and Human Rights Day.
• To sensitise policy makers, Parliamentarians, Media, School Children and the general public on the scourge of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and the need to provide immediate solutions to this.

Paintings for this exhibition will be done by two artists who happen to be a mother and a daughter:

1. Marini de Livera – a Human Rights Trainer, Feminist Lawyer/ Human Rights Activist, Artist and Book Illustrator who has had three Art Exhibitions before. She has illustrated a number of books including the ‘The Living World’ –a book published under the British Council GELT Project. Her paintings are also displayed at the Library of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Attorney-General’s Department and in the Auditorium of Women’s Education and Research Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
She won an award at a Mascot Competition which was organised by the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Seychelles in 1993.
She has conducted Art Programmes for Ex-combatants who were rehabilitated in Ambepussa in 2009.
2.Sindhu de Livera- is a 19 year old school leaver awaiting A/Level Results. She intends to study law and pursue a career in International Human Rights. She is a Public Speaker, Debater and Artist. At present she works for Women Defining Peace-A CIDA Project and also designs and markets Batik clothes done by tsunami-affected women.
Sindhu conducts painting workshops for children in the Colombo Municipality Orphanage.

The exhibition will be held in November 2011 to coincide with the 16 days of Activism to prevent Gender Based Violence.
Twenty paintings depicting loopholes in the law, problems relating to the implementation of legislation and the ineffectiveness of Mechanisms and institutions will be highlighted in the paintings.
On thousand desk calendars are to be printed with pictures of the paintings together with a description of what it depicts written by the artists and are to be distributed among Legislators, Judges, Academics and Community Leaders.

Follow-up activities:
The Organisers of this exhibition hope to have discussions with youth, activists, community leaders, academics and the legal profession on how to alleviate the problems relating to combating gender based violence which are highlighted in the paintings.

Timing and venue-
The Exhibition will be held for two days– 25th and 26th of November 2011.

Press Release: Memories, Maps and Dreams: Josephine Balakrishnan

Memories, Maps and Dreams: Josephine Balakrishnan, Colombo Sri Lanka

Press Release


Memories, Maps & Dreams 

An exhibition of paintings and prints by Josephine Balakrishnan

Opening August 13, 7:30 PM

Show runs August 14 – 31, 2011

Barefoot Gallery
Galle Road
Colombo 3,
Sri Lanka

In eastern culture a dream can be a map; the dreamer a vehicle of the Divine. In western culture dreams refer to the psyche’s expression of the ego. In “Memories, Maps and Dreams,” Josephine Balakrishnan deciphers the mystery of dreams.
We see the western symbols that unlock the psyche and the messages. Balakrishnan ponders, “Do we live to dream, or dream to live?” The prints and paintings in this body of work address the question, “Why do we need maps when we always have a thread of memories and a myriad of dreams to lead us through each passage?”

With colors and birds flying, this show provides not only maps of moons, images of lovers walking, and references to the past and future, but seeks to reveal our own internal maps.

Nazreen Sansoni:

Tel: +94 11 2580114



Josephine Balakrishnan:

Tel: +011 510-524-6754



Book Singing by HM NAQVI (winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Book signing, reading and Q & A on 19th March from 12pm to 1 pm @ BAREFOOT

Not a huge turn out, but those who came enjoyed it. Thanks to AHS Symth for the questions, Harper Collins Publishers for the heads up; Have HN Naqvi’s books in store, take a look at DSC PRIZE for information on author, book and prize.
After the talk and lunch at the Barefoot Cafe, Naqvi headed off to watch the Pakistan – Australia match of which Pakistan won. You can see a portrait of Naqvi here


The Directors of the Barefoot Gallery invite you

to a public lecture and an open discussion by

Raghavan Kadirgamar

“Inner Peace can lead to outer peace,

inner conflict can lead to outer conflict.

An architect by profession Raghavan shares from his own life experience the perennial Advaita teachings from India and the concepts of his Guru Ramesh Balsekar, who would tell seekers from around the world;

‘Consciousness is all there is,

Everything is a happening,

According to the will of God.’

The end of suffering, killing the ego, finding happiness, inner peace, reincarnation, life purpose, enlightenment, what is death, being one with God, are some of the questions that all seekers ask.

Ramana Maharshi the sage of Arunachala had only one suggestion for seekers, ask yourself…

‘ Who Am I ? ’

So . . . WHO is asking the question?

Come and share the questions, thoughts, ideas, and maybe leave with less concepts of who you are, a peeling away of beliefs, ideologies, conditioning, that may reveal who you are not, and simply ‘what is!’

“Knowledge says I am nothing.

Love says I am everything.

My life flows betweens these two.”

Nisargadatta Maharaj

*For more information on Advaita, Ramesh Balsekar, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and others please visit,

Date: Monday, 8thth November, 2010

From: 7:30 pm


Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

RSVP 2505559

704 Galle Road, Colombo-3

(Behind Barefoot entrance via 8th Lane)