Abdul Halik Azeez
Being ‘Sri Lankan’ to me is a confusing idea sometimes.
Do we really have an all-encompassing identity that cuts across our cultural and religious differences, or are we just unfortunate inhabitants of the same piece of land?
Abdul Halik Azeez is a visual artist interested in the semiotics of our lived environment. Born in 1985, his photography first appeared through his now-renowned Instagram handle @colombedouin. Halik’s practice captures the visual traces of life left by communities. His diverse background in economics, journalism, and linguistics as well as his work as an independent researcher on hate speech and critical discourse analysis underlines his themes such as urbanization, ethnic conflict and representations.
These photographs are drawn from his photo-essay series ‘Violence of Memory.’ And the video installation ‘Pics or it Didn’t Happen/Memory.’