Capturing the Current

Capturing the Current, submission by Nayanahari Abeynayake © Nayanahari Abeynayake

As a spontaneous reaction to the intensifying socio-political current realities in Sri Lanka the Goethe-Institut Chennai and Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Chennai Photo Biennale have selected four emerging photographers with an ongoing documentary practice. We are supporting them by awarding the photographers with small grants to continue their ongoing practice, documenting the multifold economic hardships, the people’s protest movement and other topics of current relevance in their respective surroundings.

The selection of photographers was made, taking into account the desire to support photographers with potential and an interesting practice, from a variety of locations across the country and keeping to a gender balance.

The People’s Voice is Louder

The film The People’s Voice is Louder is made as a reflective work on the recent situation and incidents in Sri Lanka. It was developed together with the Chennai Photo Biennale and the four lens-based artists Lojithan Ram, Nayanahari Abeynayakalage, Pirainila Krishnarajah and Riyal Riffaiin from the material they gathered during the People's Protest in 2022. 

The People’s Voice is Louder premiered at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in February 2023. The four Sri Lankan artists were also invited to participate in a panel discussion together with Dr. Katharina Görgen, Director,Goethe-Institut Chennai/MMB in Kochi. On July 9, 2023, the film was screened for the first time in Sri Lanka as part of a panel discussion at the Goethe-Institut.

This article on Groundviews by Minal Wickrematunge summarizes the screening and discussion while introducing the four photographers and their practice: 

An Alternate View of the People’s Struggle Through the Camera Lens

Selected Photography Projects

Following this online preview the images will be edited, curated and exhibited in an event organized by the Chennai Photo Biennale and Goethe-Institut Chennai. 

The rights to all images remain with the photographers, the Goethe-Institut reserves the right to use the images for the exhibition and online.