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Using a phrase by the late Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa as a starting point, this series of explorations looks at the interplay between drawing and building, photography and site, and architecture and archives. Following over three years of research at the Geoffrey Bawa archives, through a series of oral histories and site visits, we will take stock of our findings in the following formats, expecting of course for these conversations to continue.

An exhibition:
Geoffrey Bawa: It is Essential to be There

On view for the first time in Sri Lanka, this exhibition is the first attempt to understand Geoffrey Bawa’s practice through the archives.

A book:
Drawing from the Geoffrey Bawa Archives

Published by Lars Müller, the book expected in late 2022 is a richly illustrated anthology of essays looking at the Bawa archives with texts from Channa Daswatte, Shayari de Silva, Sean Anderson, Jyoti Dhar, Tariq Jazeel, Meghal Perera, Shirley Surya and a reprinted statement by the late architect.

A series of public programmes:
It is Essential to be There

From December 15, 2021 – April 7, 2022 the Geoffrey Bawa Trust will host a series of tours, talks, seminars and workshops using the exhibition and website as a starting point to delve into eight thematic explorations in two week-long segment.

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