We are delighted to welcome artist Firi Rahman to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival as a participant of the FGLF Children’s Programme.
Firi Rahman pairs research and advocacy to explore themes of extinction and its relationship to anthropocentrism.
Moving from his early work in portraiture to conceptual hyperrealism, his most recent body of work ‘Prediction Extinction’ features a collection of labor intensive drawings that involve embedding markings onto the bodies of animals. These markings follow economic, mechanic and pollutant traces of human activity in the world. Partial to the elegance of ink pen drawings to evolve precise and subtle textures on paper, Firi uses a limited color palette and juxtaposed symbols to create scenes that compel us to reevaluate and reckon with our responsibility to the world.
Since his first solo exhibition ‘Unconventional Beauty’, showcased at the Saskia Fernando Gallery in 2015, his work has been featured at Colomboscope: Shadow Scenes 2015, Liminal Space 2016, the Colombo Art Biennale: Conceiving Space 2016, and Colomboscope: Re-evolution 2017.
Firi has collaborated on a host of projects, including being invited to speak at the Sri Lankan Archive for Contemporary Art, Architecture and Design in Jaffna.