Abdul Halik Azeez b. 1985


MA English Literature And Linguistics, University Of Granada, 2016/2017
MA Financial Economics; University Of Colombo, 2009/10
BBA International Business & Management; Northwood University, 2009

Solo Exhibitions

2014 'Colombedouin', Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2021 ‘day dreamer you are’ Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Al Quoz Art Festival, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
2019 Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa 
2019 ‘Body Building’, Ishara Foundation, Dubai
2019 Karachi Biennale, Karachi
2019 Contemporary Sri Lankan Art; A Cross Section, Tehran
2019 Contemporary Sri Lankan Art; A Cross Section, Theertha, Colombo
2019 It's About Time - Traveling History Museum, Colombo
2019 Colomboscope 2019, Colombo
2018 52 Artists 52 Actions, Art Space Sydney, Sydney
2018 Living on the Margins, Colombo and London
2018 Intimate Histories Collective, New Delhi
2018 Embody Power, Colombo
2017 Human Rights Arts Festival, Colombo
2017 Colomboscope, Colombo
2017 ‘In Search for Stillness’, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
2017 ‘Coast and Concrete’ Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo (2 person show)
2017 ‘The Place in The End’, The Art Foundation, Athens
2016 ‘Young Sub-Continent’, Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa
2016 Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo
2016 Wings Festival, Colombo
2016 ‘Erimea’, Wilderness Amorgos Art Residency, Amorgos
2016 Colomboscope, Colombo
2016 ‘Disambiguiation’, Art Dubai, Dubai
2015 Colomboscope, Colombo

Residencies and workshops

The Wilderness Amorgos Arts Residency, Amorgos, Greece – July 2016
The Young Subcontinent Residency, Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India – Dec 2016
Theertha Performance Platform, Colombo, Sri Lanka - April 2018
Theertha Workshop with Shirana Shahbazi - Sep 2018
Artist-in-residence at the Verzasca valley, Switzerland 2019
Chennai Photo Biennale, Re-Imaginingthe Family Portrait 2019
‘Staging sitiations’, workshop with Munem Wasif, Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa 2019 


A to Z of Conflict: Raking Leaves
52 Artists 52 Actions: Art Space Sydney
Scroll Projects on Paper Part 2
Society and Culture in South Asia
Sri Lanka: Re-imagining Ceylon - Imago Mundi
New York Times
Explore Parts Unknown CNN
Warehouse Zine


‘Publication as Process’, Photography Bound: Rethinking the Future of Photobooks and Self-Publishing, University of Bergen and Fotogalleriet Oslo, 2020
Alt+Shift+Studio, Ishara Art Foundation, 2020
‘Forms of Collaboration’, Panelist, Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, 2019
‘Becoming a World Class City: Impressions from post war Colombo’, Ishara Foundation, Dubai 2019
Artist talk, Colomboscope 2019
'Myself', Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture and Design, Jaffna 2018
‘Towards a Semiological Jihad’ TedX Colombo 2015
‘Seeking God Through Instagram’, Pecha Kucha Colombo 2015

Selected Press/Features

Sharmini Pereira speaks to Abdul Halik Azeez, Saskia Fernando Gallery Podcasts
Abdul Halik Azeez Daydreams a Colombo Restless and Re-invented - Roar
The Packet; collaborating and creating art as a community - The Sunday Times

Opening up Process - The Packet - PIX 
Pause/Rethink - Alserkal Online

What Architecture can reveal about the links between the Gulf and South Asia - The National
Dreams of Dubai, South Asian Artists Capture Interpretations of the Gulf - Harper’s Bazar
52 Artists 52 Actions: Small Acts of Disobedience - Ocula
When Stillness Came Rushing In: Sri Lanka’s Artistic Community Responds to the Easter Attacks - Frieze
It’s About Time we journeyed through the years - The Morning
Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance - Ocula
This Sri Lankan arts festival takes a deep dive into all things oceanic - Vogue India

In a postcolonial society, artists contend with oficial fictions - Aperture Magazine
Sri Lankan photographer Abdul-Halik Azeez on decolonial thinking and storytelling - Kerosene Digital 
Curating Critique - Sunday Times

13 Contemporary Artists in Sri Lanka You Should Know - The Culture Trip
Strangers and Symbols  - Art Space Sri Lanka
From Sri Lanka to Scotland: healing the wounds of war through art - Clove Magazine

A Moment of Silence: The Art of Memorialization - Life Times Magazine
Meet @colombedouin, one of Sri Lanka’s most popular Instagram photographers - 

The Journey of Content: Instagram Unplugged IRL - Groundviews
10 Photographers to Watch: Life Times Magazine