Articulations/ Publications on My Art

Ancestral Dress & My ID: Art of Pala Pothupitiya 
by Anoli Perera

Ancestral Dress, is a series of work that has consumed Pala Pothupitiya‘s artistic energy for a long time through which he explores a number of interpretations on identity within a discourse of  ancestry, tradition, authenticity, urbanity and the dynamics of contemporary art practices. The embryonic attempt at formulating Ancestral Dress was seen in 2002 in a work titled Self Portrait where Pothupitiya attempted to create meaning by paying homage to his own ancestry stemming from a family of traditional ritual dancers while trying to find a satisfying equilibrium that would also allow his personal identity to emerge without distancing or valorizing his own historicity within it.... 

Don't Measure me: Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka, 
Exhibition at Exhibition in Historical museum (Norway) from 23 March to 18 November 2012

2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Pala Pothupitiya, a member of Theertha International Artists’ Collective, is currently based in Colombo and works as a full-time professional artist. His artwork has been shown in a number of art exhibitions in Sri Lanka as well as internationally.
“Let me tell you where I am coming from
And where I want to go.
I come from a long line of ritual dancers....


Pala and Menika : "Unmoderning" contemporary art
by Priyanthi Liyanage

Pala Pothupitiya is an artist who feels that the 'modern' concepts of 'art' and 'craft' have been misinterpreted and who seeks to create a contemporary form of expression which dissolves the boundaries of the two, eliciting a new definition for our contemporary art...
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Pala Pothupitiye 
by Quadri Ismile

Pala Pothupitiye’s artistic production addresses questions hitherto suppressed in Sri Lankan art, like caste, and challenges the eurocentric boundary between art and craft, modernity and tradition. From a distance, the artworks in his solo exhibition, Ancestral Dress (2003), appear like a collection of masks cum head-dresses worn by ritual (tovil) dancers: beautiful, brightly-colored, meticulously fashioned from rural, “organic” material... 
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