Biennial Symposium 2023 Legacies of Care, Failures and Emerging Solidarities


The Prince Claus Fund Biennial Symposium 2023 in Sri Lanka, "Legacies of Care, Failures, Emerging Solidarities" will feature seven panels, each consisting of keynote speeches and sessions led by numerous renowned local and international cultural practitioners.

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This event is part of the Prince Claus Fund Biennial Symposium 2023's public programme and takes place on 4 December, 09:30–17:00 (UTC+5:30) at The Stables Venue, Park Street Mews in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The event is followed by the informal drinks until 19.00 (UTC+5:30). The programme is developed in collaboration with Geoffrey Bawa Trust.


09:00 – 09:40 Registration and Coffee

9:40 – 10:00 Welcome

  • Welcome words by Prince Claus Fund director Marcus Desando
  • Sketching the day by the Symposium's artistic director Keng Sen Ong

10:00 10:40 Liveable Societies – Climate, Water, Air, and Us

10:40 – 11:20 The Human-made – Different Kinships, Memorialisation, Food Politics

11:20 – 11:40 Coffee Break

11:40 –  12:20 Documenting and Empowering the Context 

12:20 – 13:00 Failures and Futurities

14:30 – 15:10 South Asian Contemporary Experiments in Solidarity ––

What Can They Look Like and What Are Their Limitations, Conditions, Legacies, Failures

  • Curating as Making Queer Kin in Karachi and Elsewheres by Aziz Sohail (Pakistan/Australia)
  • Counter Worldmaking in the Cold War Era and Contemporary Hyperlocality: Friendship, Intimacy, and Play by Sandev Handy (Sri Lanka)
  • Stitching Together the Translocal, and the Burdens of Solidarity by Sheelasha Rajbhandari (Nepal)

15:10 – 15:45 The Human Being amidst Planetary Deterioration

15:45 – 16:05 Coffee Break

16:05 – 16:50 International Potentialities: Parallel Activations and New Alliances, for Repair

16:50 – 17:00 Concluding Remarks & Thank You

17:00 – 19:00 Reception at Monsoon Colombo