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Fuse It - Borrowed Words
Content Curation / Exhibition Design
Facilitated for first year BA Graphic Design students at AOD, Colombo.
Fuse it 2015 was a part of SLDF 2015
Often when we think of cultural heritage, we think of preservation; preservation of things forgotten or perhaps neglected. Buildings, traditions, customs, clothes, and cuisine to name a few. However, cultural heritage literally translates to culture that we inherit.
Fuse It: Borrowed Words is a collaboration between AOD and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka to celebrate 400 years of shared history between the two nations. As the curator I focused the content of the exhibition on the Dutch influence on Sinhala language as this can be seen in everyday spoken words even today. Upon their arrival in the 17th century, words were borrowed from Dutch to fill gaps in Sinhala. Advakat (lawyer) and balconiya (balcony) are common examples. These initial Borrowed Words have effortlessly lingered on in the everyday spoken language of today. Fuse It 2015 celebrated these words inherited by Sri Lanka and paid homage to the island’s eclectic cultural heritage.
The project brief provided can be
Project press can be viewed here.