Isabella at 21

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Isabella at 21
Is very beautiful
kind and all woman
she nurtures she cares
for everyone.
Her nature from birth

Has been one of
A sunny disposition.
She is also very smart
(she doesn’t think so)
But, we know so.

Her self-depreciating characteristic
Is typical of a Ceylonese
Especially from an Anglican
School
Such as Ladies College.

Isabella is a bella
The belle of the ball
In my book for sure
I would cast her
As the central character
She is unique

Extremely likeable
And resourceful.
21 years old.  I’ve had the
pleasure of spending
quality time
with her in Melbourne
for a week.

I note that she is interested in most things
Especially the arts
After we shopped we sat down and listened
To a musician busking
She then pointed out the MOMA exhibit
And there is one in Brunswick.

She has left me now in Melbourne.
She has gone back to Brisbane
I’ll be leaving on a plane
This Friday. Back to where I came from
Where Isabella was born
CEYLON

Women out of the Frame on view at the Lionel Wendt till 10th July

WOMEN OUT OF THE FRAME

Out of The Frame presents Women – Out of The Frame a photographic exhibition project. The objective of the project was to encourage photographers, professional and enthusiasts, across Sri Lanka (and Sri Lankan photographers overseas), to explore and present visually engaging images of, and on women. Images that ‘go beyond’ stereotypical images of women current in Sri Lankan mainstream media.

The selected photographers are featured in the gallery pages. This site will also include information on other up coming photography initiatives, programmes and links to other photographic sites of interest.

A JOURNEY HOME: SEAN SUTTON OF MAG

Set in Sri Lanka over 10 years, this exhibition tells the story of claering mines, land release, enabling returns and building lives in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. These powerful black and white images were captured by photojournalist Sean Sutton while working for MAG.

“I have spent the last 22 years photographing communities in the most impoverished places on earth. I did this because I wanted to try and make a difference by showing the public and the decision makers the realities that people face.”

“Try to imagine raising your family in a minefield. You have no choice and nowhere else to go. You have to risk treading the land. One day a MAG team arrives and removes the surrounding threat of death, enabling you to grow food, build a house and send your children to school in safety. Would that change your life?

That’s what this exhibition is about. It’s not all about doom and gloom. It’s about hope, humanity and courage.”
SEAN SUTTON

More information can be found at: www.magiternational.org

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
Colombo-3

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, http://www.skateistan.org
Tiny Toones– Hip Hop Drop-in Center Cambodia, http://www.tinytoones.org
Tiny Drops – Hip Hop Breakdance Centre India http://www.tinydrops.org

Downloads:
Press Images: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11105215/Round%20the%20Potholes%20PRESS%20IMAGES.zip
Flyers:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11105215/Round%20the%20Potholes%20Flyers%20COLOMBO%20.zip

For more information please call:

NazreenSansoni
Director
Barefoot Gallery Colombo
barefootgallery@gmail.com
+94 11 2505559

Joel Sames
info@joelsames.ch
+94 776868026

MAURITIAN COLOUR now available at the Barefoot Bookshop

Photographer, Dominic Sansoni, has just published Mauritian Colour, a book of photographs taken while travelling in Mauritius for just two weeks. Available at THE BAREFOOT BOOKSHOP Rs. 5000/-
“The book is breathtakingly beautiful. It is distilled colour, now.
Pure texture, the next minute. A feeling, the very next moment. A hymn
to the ordinary people of Mauritius and to the things they make,
paint, fix up, and to the places we live in, work at, eat and drink
in. A homage to each person we see on the page. It moved me to tears as I paged it. From its sheer love of life, its discovery of such extravagantly vibrant visual beauty in the “ordinary”. Just leafing through the book, especially for anyone who knows Mauritius intimately, becomes an uplifting experience. And stopping to contemplate a particular photograph becomes almost transcendental.” Lindsey Collen