Imaad Majeed is a poet and performance artist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Their poetry has been published in “CITY: A Journal of South Asian Literature”, as well as the local small-press chapbooks “Lime Plain Tea” and “Annasi & Kadalagotu”. Their poetry and performance art has explored themes of identity, language, nationalism, late stage capitalism, sacred space, xenophobia, ethnoreligious conflict and healing. They have participated at NeMLA, Tamil Studies Symposium, Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood, Theertha Performance Platform, Colomboscope, Chobi Mela and Art Dubai. They are one part of the artist collective The Packet, whose work is located in the intimate and the playful, with a particular focus on the vernacular, collaborative process and conversation. They are Director and Curator of Kacha Kacha.
Since 2014, my artistic practice has become centered in approaches borrowed from the conceptual poetry tradition. All of my work begins with language, the first instinct is always poetic, and form emerges as I parse through language.
Image: "Revery", 2016
conceptual poetry installation for Colomboscope
photographed by Ruvin de Silva
Since 2015, my curatorial approach has been to survey the local scene, observing the work of artists and identifying emergent themes. I engage in conversation with artists and collectives as I develop curatorial frameworks through collaboration.
Image: "KACHA KACHA", 2015 - present
a crowdfunded, free, trilingual performance event, featuring poets, rappers and singer-songwriters
visual identity by FOLD Media
My artistic career has included festivals, residencies, installations, performances, poetry readings, music releases, publications and collectives.DOWNLOAD
My professional services include project coordination, creative writing, sub-editing, proofreading, and various roles in the communications field.DOWNLOAD
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