Bandu Manamperi

Bandu Manamperi belongs to a generation of radically active young artists whose work examines the present Sri Lankan social and political context. His critique of the commercial appropriation of the symbols of Buddhist culture are the starting point for much of his work. For "Instant Nirvana Private Ltd.", 2000, he installed numerous mass-produced Buddha figures, wrapped and displayed like tourist kitsch. The "Home Coming Series", 2001, an installation work and artists' book, comments on male chauvinism as reflected through ritual. Manamperi has been represented in national group exhibitions in the Sri Lankan National Art Gallery. He was a participant in the Artlink International Artists' Workshop held in Dambulla and the Theertha International Artists' Workshop, 2001 in Sri Lanka.. He is a founding member of the Theertha International Association, a visual artists group based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.