In partnership with UZ Arts, Glasgow, Cove Park has organised a three-week residency for the Sri Lankan photographer Menika van der Poorten.
Menika has worked in the field of photography for more than 20 years. Based in Colombo, she has exhibited her work internationally and has also taught photography both in London and in Sri Lanka.
At Cove Park Menika will develop an ongoing project entitled ‘The Lost White Tribe’. This project, which was presented at the Colombo Art Biennale earlier this year, is part of a larger body of work on the Eurasian community of Sri Lanka. The residency will also allow Menika to undertake research in Glasgow and in Edinburgh: as the majority of tea-planters who settled in Sri Lanka during the British colonial period were Scottish, Menika intends to focus her research upon this connection and develop her work through landscape photography.