Kengo Kuma is a Japanese architect and professor at the Department of Architecture in Tokyo. He has an eminent practice both in Japan and abroad, which includes the recent Victoria and Albert museum in Dundee, Scotland and the forthcoming Olympic Stadium Complex in Tokyo, Japan. Kuma will be designing a pavilion using Kithul craft and working with local architecture students for the assembly of the structure.
V&A Dundee Museum, UK, 2018 © Hufton Crow
Copper chimes installed as part of 'Trilogy of Sounds' at Mount Stuart, Scotland. Photograph by Keith Hunter. Courtesy Lee Mingwei
Lee MingweiLee Mingwei is an artist living in Paris and New York. Mingwei creates participatory installations where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy and awareness. These projects are often open-ended scenarios where encounter and reflection are central. Mingwei has an established exhibition history, having most recently participated at 57th Venice Biennale (2017) as well as solo shows at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, and MACAN in Jakarta. Mingwei’s installation will work as a soundscape, created by a large group of arboreal wind chimes.
Dominic SansoniDominic Sansoni is a photographer whose work shows an emphasis on documentary and travel. He has published several books, Lunuganga, Sri Lanka: Resplendent Isle, Colour, Sri Lanka Style, Bawa: The Sri Lanka Gardens, Thailand: Nine days in the Kingdom and The Architectural Heritage of Sri Lanka: Measured Drawings by the Anjalendran Studio. Recent personal projects have been the documentation of the vernacular architecture of South India, and a study of ‘Sacred Space’ in Sri Lanka. He is always fascinated by how people live; their private space and sense of style within a home. Sansoni’s project will be an intimately experienced photographic work which mines his extensive archives from the garden over the years, combined with new work.
Upali, portrait, 2019 © Dominic Sansoni
Museum Bhavan, 2013 © Simon white
Dayanita SinghDayanita Singh is a photographer whose primary format is the book. Singh has worked extensively with publisher Gerhard Steidl, and authored eleven books including Zakir Hussain, Myself, Mona Ahmed, Sent a letter, Museum of Chance and Museum Bhavan. Her work has been shown at the Hayward Gallery, London (2013), the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2014), the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2014) and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi (2016). Dayanita’s project, in partnership with architect Channa Daswatte, will be a spatial exploration of the image-making process, reflecting specifically on the concepts of framing and inhabiting images.
Sarah SzeSarah Sze is a contemporary artist known for sculpture and installation works that employ everyday objects to create multimedia landscapes. Sze lives and works in New York City and is a professor of visual arts at Columbia University. Her work is held in the permanent collections in institutions including MoMA, the Whitney, the Guggenheim and the Fondation Cartier. She is a 2003 MacArthure Fellow. Sze’s project will be a characteristically intricate installation using ephemera from the site.
First Time (Half Life), Mixed Media, Milan, 2018 © Sarah Sze.
The Wall, installation, mixed media, Kelaniya, 2011 © Chandragupta Thenuwara
Chandragupta ThenuwaraChandragupta Thenuwara is an artist and senior lecturer and Director of Internal Quality Assurance Unit of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts Colombo. In 1993, He founded the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts (VAFA), an artist-run Alternative art school. His works are included in the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery Australia, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Japan, John Moore's University Art Collection Liverpool and Fine Arts Museum of Udmurtia, Izhevsk, Russia. His public monuments include the Seeduwa monument to the Disappeared and Monument to Neelan Thiruchelvam. Thenuwara’s installation will consist of a multi-dimensional series of drawings that range across media including ceramics, bricks and paper, and continue his on-going explorations of Sri Lanka’s politics.
Laki SenanayakeLaki Senanayake has been painting and drawing since the age of three. Laki found art as enforced in school tiresome and devoted his time to bounding about on a diving board. Sacked from his first job as an architectural draughtsman within a year of starting for establishing a trade union, he was re-employed as an assistant to Geoffrey Bawa. He created many sculptures and murals for Bawa’s buildings. His work spans a wide range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, landscape gardening, silk screen printing, batik, and digital art. He lives in Diyabubula.
View of Terrace, Nihal Ranasinghe House, Ink on Trace, 1989 © Laki Senanayake
Diyabubula, a design by Laki Senanayake, 2018 © Luka Alagiyawanna
Max MoyaMax Moya is an architect and artist. He published Once Only, Only Once (Lima 2016) and exhibited a unipersonal titled XeY (Lima 2016), and GRANADA (Lima 2017) in Espacio Temporal Dédalo. Between March and September 2018 Moya worked extensively with Sri Lankan artist Laki Senanayake, when he researched and curated the first retrospective exhibition of Laki’s landscape work, titled The Greedy Forest (Colombo). Moya is currently reading for a PhD in History of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Sebastian PosingisSebastian Posingis is a German photographer who spent much of childhood in Iran, Greece, India and Sri Lanka. His photography has appeared in Architectural Digest, Domus, Der Spiegel, the New York Times and Vanity Fair, among other publications. For the last ten years Posingis’ focus has been making photobooks on architecture; His books include The New Sri Lankan House (2015), Sri Lanka. The Island From Above (2017) and Bawa Staircases (2018). Sebastian’s most recent work is the forthcoming book on Geoffrey Bawa’s garden at Lunuganga, Salt River, to be published by Gerhard Steidl in 2019.
Steel Corporation Offices and Housing.Oruwela, Sri Lanka © Sebastian Posingis