Medium: 41 x 41” Acrylic on canvas
Year: 2013

“British Ceylon, like so many other places, has been erased from the maps of history, no longer printed on our scholastic globes or atlases, existing only in obscure collections of dusty Encyclopedia Britannica in your grandparents’ attic. They know what Ceylon is. Depending on your age, you may have heard of it as well. Surely this Insta-generation doesn’t know that Sri Lanka used to be called Ceylon. For most of us, that’s what it’s always been. It’s ironic, considering we’re so socially ‘connected.’ Thanks to Nicki Minaj and a catchy punch line, the island has become part of pop culture in recent years, but light is being shed in the wrong places because there is still darkness. Yes, some of the most exotic and beautiful women in the world come from Sri Lanka, but that’s not where they call home. You see, tigers don’t live in Ceylon, they live in Tamil Eelam—and the British Empire, like so many places, erased it.”