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Women in Barrelistic Era
Chandraguptha Thenuwara
■Year 1998
■Medium acrylic on plywood, 3 barrels
■Size (cm)
Barrels were used to keep tar that was used for constructing roads to connect people. Once the civil war started in 1983, then authorities painted the barrels in camouflage colour and set them as barricades to protect public buildings in downtown areas. Thenuwara transforms the barrels as barricade into the ones as objection to war. During the twenty-year-long civil war, more than 60,000 people were killed. The war left a large number of people with anxiety and fear for the unseen future, like the four women who are deeply depressed without being able to foresee the future of their children.

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