Pala Pothupitiye confronts issues such as colonialism, nationalism, religious extremism and
militarism, and extends his inquiry to questions of caste, the distinction between art and craft, tradition and modernity, as well as generating a critique of Euro-centrism. He works on government maps and old colonial maps, sometimes merging them to create new cartographies. Pala conceptually treats maps as two-dimensional surfaces, which he can use to bring attention to lived experiences of these inscribed spaces. These alternative cartographic exercises talk about memory and its erasure, identities and their discomfiture, the 30-year war Sri Lanka experienced and its postwar complexities.
Exhibits 320 in collaboration with Blue print 13 present the sole show of Pala Pothupitive.