Chathuri Nissansala Seed Awards recipient

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  • Gender equality
  • Free expression/civil society
  • Sexual/queer expression
  • Reexamining history


  • Artistic Research
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Visual Art


  • Sri Lanka

Chathuri Nissansala is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sri Lanka. Chathuri is a recipient of the Commonwealth Scholarship for the South East Asian region by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and she holds a master's degree in Visual Arts from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Chathuri works with performance art, painting, sculpture, and graphics, and her works raise poignant questions about structures of gender, queerness, and nationalism in Sri Lanka. 

Chathuri has been nominated for the Emerging Artist Award (2022-2023) by The Arts Family in London, and the 2023 Indian Art Fair invited her to represent Sri Lanka and discuss her work on queer perspectives. She has performed and exhibited across Asia, some of these include a solo exhibition, “Ritualizing the disfigured: Memorials of healing from Sri Lanka” at Anant Art Gallery in Delhi, as part of the “Rehang” exhibition at Bikaner House in Delhi, and at the “Responses to Memory” exhibition at Gillehri Arts Initiative, among others. 

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