Neda Dana-Haeri (Iran)
Jay
2014, acrylic and feather on paper, 290 x 210 cm. Image courtesy Janet Rady Fine Art.

Neda Dana-Haeri (Iran)

Jay

2014, acrylic and feather on paper, 290 x 210 cm. Image courtesy Janet Rady Fine Art.

Steve Sabella (b. Palestine)

Sinopia

2014, limited edition of 6 + 2 AP, lambda / lightjet prints mounted on matt diasec + 3.5 aluminium edge box, size variable. Image courtesy the artist. 

Hojat Amani (Iran)

Persian Still life

2014, mixed media on wood, 100 x 100 cm. Image courtesy Janet Rady Gallery, London.

Ayman Baalbaki (Lebanon)

The Middle East

2014, acrylic on canvas, 31.5h x 47.2w. Image courtesy Taymour Grahne. 

Tanya Habjouqa (b. Jordan)

Excerpts from “Bedouin Resolution: Standing Firm in the Jerusalem Periphery,” 2012–13. Courtesy the artist.

Dhaka-based Mahbubur Rahman’s Replacement (2014) is an overwhelming presence on the floor of JDA Perera Gallery, the biennale’s main venue, which sits in the heart of Colombo. Life-sized bridesmaids crafted out of army-boot leather wear exquisitely embroidered dresses fashioned from army fatigues and surround two royal uniforms on stilts that spew glistening red tentacles. Presumably meant to resemble King George V and his Queen, the work is a commentary on cultural colonialism’s continued grip South Asian reality.

Text & Image from Kurchi Dasgupta for ArtAsiaPacific