Muhanned Cader (b.1966, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Lives and works in Galle) paints and draws majestic landscapes vitalised by jewel-like pigments, soft layers of charcoal, and their irregular shapes. Fragmenting the natural world through collages, at times organised into accordion books, he creates animated visual vignettes. As an artist associated with the ‘90s Trend, a group of artists who responded critically to Sri Lanka’s Civil War from 1983-2009, Cader’s landscapes are grounded in scepticism of colonial and post-colonial governmental policy. Alluring environments of lush trees and glistening shorelines belie a land negotiating heavy extractive activities and overdevelopment.