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‘Corridors of Power’ exhibition in Kurunegala

Royal International School Auditorium, Kurunegala

23 (Saturday) & 24 (Sunday) September 2017, from 10am-5pm daily

Entrance free.

Interactive, guided tours of the exhibition by the Curator will be conducted on both days at 11am and again at 1pm. The tour, conducted in Sinhala and English, lasts approximately one hour.

Location of and directions to the venue on Google Maps here.

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What is a constitution? What place and relevance, if any, does it have in the popular imagination? Do citizens really care about an abstract document most would never have seen or read, when more pressing concerns continue to bedevil their lives and livelihoods, even post-war? Why should people care about a new constitution?

Led by the input of Asanga Welikala and in collaboration with Channa Daswatta, ‘Corridors of Power’ through architectural drawings and models, interrogates Sri Lanka’s constitutional evolution since 1972. Critically acclaimed, the exhibition, held first in late 2015, critiques Sri Lanka’s tryst with constitutional reform and essentially the tension between centre and periphery.

‘Corridors of Power’ was a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017 awards, under the Urban Design category.

As noted online, “Fast Company sifted through more than 1,000 truly impressive entries to find the ones our panel of judges thought were the best combination of creative problem solving and potential to change our world for the better. [Fast Company] crowned 12 winners–along with 192 finalists.”.

The output on display in Kurunegala will include large format drawings, 3D renderings, videos and physical models reflecting power dynamics enshrined in the the 1972 and 1978 constitutions, as well as the 13th, 18th and 19th Amendments.

Read about and see more at the dedicated exhibition website.

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Note by Curator, Sanjana Hattotuwa, at http://bit.ly/corridorsofpowercurator

Catalogue of exhibition at http://bit.ly/copcatalogue

Content above is available in Tamil, Sinhala and English.