Jyoti Dhar is an art critic of British and Indian descent currently based in Colombo. She is a contributing editor for Art Asia Pacific and regularly contributes to Artforum and The Sunday Times in Sri Lanka. She is the recipient of the Forbes India Emerging Art Writer of the Year award in 2014 and won first prize at the International Awards for Art Criticism 4 in 2017. Her writing has appeared in Aperture, Art Asia Pacific, Artforum, Asian Art News, Contemporary Practices, Even, Flash Art, Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, Isskustvo Arts Journal, Modern Painters, Motherland and The Sunday Times in Sri Lanka.
This essay charts the emergence of Colombo Art Biennale and Colomboscope in Sri Lanka, based on a talk that the author gave on February 10, 2018 at the panel “Writing Recent Exhibition Histories of Large Scale Recurring Exhibitions in South Asia” at the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS).
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