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6 September, 2020

Humanity & Earth - Photography Exhibition 

Date: Sep 4 at 10 AM – Sep 13 at 7 PM

Venue: Harold Peiris Gallery

The ‘Humanity & Earth’ photography exhibition will be held at the Harold Peiris Gallery from September 4-13, 2020. The opening hours will be from 10am - 7pm daily. The exhibition will showcase selected works of documentary photo stories from a diverse group of Sri Lankan photographers. The topics of the photo stories explore concepts of the environmental and climate crisis, culture, and humanity in Sri Lanka.

Photography by: Tashiya de Mel, Munira Mutaher, Shehan Obeysekera, Ramanathan Parilojithan, Sandranathan Rubatheesan and Tharmapalan Tilaxan

Curated by Andy Spyra and Liz Fernando


The group exhibition marks the conclusion of a two-year project in which the Goethe-Institute of Sri Lanka engaged with German documentary photojournalist, Andy Spyra, and German-Sri Lankan conceptual photography artist, Liz Fernando, who mentored the group of photographers through a series of focused workshops and masterclasses. The project launched with an open photography call in 2018, which motivated young Sri Lankan photographers to submit work samples on the topic of environmental protection. Coming from very different approaches to their discipline, mentors Andy and Liz provided a wide spectrum of advice, ideas, inspiration and challenges to the group.

Over the extended exchange of two years, many compelling and revealing images were captured and documentary-style stories composed. The mentorship and curatorial idea behind this exhibition is to give way to the collective thought process embedded historically in the camera’s greatest tool; it always enabled us to see things that cannot be seen with the naked eye and therefore brings us closer to the ‘optical consciousness’ our current times are asking us for.


Saturday, 5 September, 3pm - 4 pm

1. Photographer’s Circle: A conversation between the exhibiting photographers on their approach and experiences over the last two years. Moderated by Smriti Daniel

Saturday, 5 September, 5pm - 6.15 pm

2. How Can We Tell Better Stories? - a conversation at the intersection of visual storytelling, environmental action and new media. Drawing from personal experiences, this talk will explore how compelling narratives can emphasise a collective responsibility to our natural world.

Panelists include: Photographer, Dominic Sansoni, Conservationist (WWCT, Sri Lanka) Anjali Watson,, Journalist (Mongabay Sri Lanka) Dilrukshi Handunetti and Conservationist (Parrotfish Collective) Vinod Malwatte,. Moderated by Smriti Daniel

Due to limited seating, registration is required. To register: