Picturing Ceylon in Sarasota
Picturing Ceylon is the title of a new special exhibition, 16 August 2013 – 5 January 2014, at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.
The name “Ceylon” conjures images of a tropical paradise of tea plantations and palm trees, not only for us in the 21 century, but also for photographers of the late nineteenth century. Despite the technical difficulties of photography at that time, skilled photographers captured the unique characteristics of this island off the southeast coast of India, now called Sri Lanka.
This exhibition features photographs of some of the most picturesque aspects of Ceylon/Sri Lanka, including the natural beauty of its people and landscapes. The nineteenth century was also a time of great social change, so these views of urban spaces present a visual record of the cusp between tradition and modernity occurring not only here, but throughout the British Empire.
This collection of photographs from Ceylon/Sri Lanka forms an important component of a promised gift of Dr Helga Wall-Apelt to The Ringling Museum of Art.
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