• Dis/Placement

    2014, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo

  • Mismatches VII

    2011, Mixed Media on Paper, Approx. 22 x 18 in.

  • Mismatches

    2011, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo

  • Disambiguation

    2016, Art Dubai, U. A. E.

  • Incomplete Thombu

    2011, Publisher: Raking Leaves

  • Mismatches

    2011, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo

THAMOTHARAMPILLAI SHANAATHANAN b.1969

Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan obtained a PhD at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His oeuvre deals with the subjects of home, displacement, memory and loss. As a resident of Jaffna, Sri Lanka’s 30 year civil war that took place predominantly in the North and East of the island placed him at the core of the turmoil. His art practice involves various disciplines; documentation, memory recollection, stitched painted maps and intricate unconnected jigsaws. Shanaathanan has worked on two book projects with Raking Leaves, the latter focused entirely on the artist’s documentation and artistic translation of stories told by individuals displaced by the war. His project with the Museum of Anthropology Vancouver saw the artist interacting with the Tamil diaspora titled Imag(in)ing ‘Home’ in 2009 presented the belonging of 300 community members as representations of their narratives and ideas of home. Shanaathanan’s Landscape maps stitched together present aerial views of lands no longer in existence. They are the artist’s memories of the north, places that no longer exist. The earthen colors and materials are delicate yet tactile, resembling of the northern terrain. The artist’s cathartic practice of depicting these landscapes emphasizes the notions of home and displacement. The practice of stitching together metaphorically relates to memory and loss. His most noted series Mismatches consist of works composing jigsaw pieces with detailed paintings of imagery placed together on a stark white surface. These images serve as different memories that don’t quite fit together but through their connective representation present the displacement of those with histories in the locations of the war. Mismatches exhibition was launched alongside with the artist’s book project titled The Incomplete Thombu in collaboration with curator Sharmini Pereira of Raking Leaves. The book project focused on retelling and interpreting the stories of 80 families that lost their homes in the Sri Lankan civil war.

Education

1997                BFA in Painting (University of Delhi)
2000                MFA in Painting (University of Delhi)
2011                PhD Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Solo Exhibitions

2014           Dis/ placement | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2011           Mismatches | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2006           Locating the Self | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2001           Paradise Road Galleries | Colombo, Sri Lanka

1998           Heritage Art Gallery | Colombo, Sri Lanka

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2016          Disambiguation, curated by Saskia Fernando | Art Dubai 2016, U.A.E

2011          Non-Aligned | Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2010          Visual Responses During the War: Selected Artists Works | Lionel Wendt

Gallery & Harold Peiris Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2010         Border Zones | New Art Across Cultures. Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada

2010         The One Year Drawing Project show | APT, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia

2009         The One Year Drawing Project Exhibition | SAVAC, Toronto, Canada

2009         The One Year Drawing Project Exhibition | Devi Art Foundation New Delhi, India

2008 – 09  Artful Resistance: Crisis and Creativity in Sri Lanka | Museum of Ethnology, Vienna

2004          An Exhibition of Painting by 13 Artists from Jaffna | Alliance Francaise, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

2004          Agam – Puram | An exhibition of Visual Art, Public Library, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

2004          New Sri Lankan Art | Usher Gallery, UK

2003          New Sri Lankan Art | October Gallery, UK

2000          Kannukkul Velli | Tamil ini – 2000, Madras, India

1997          Exposition 97 Exhibition of paintings | Rabindra Bawan, New Delhi, India

1994          France / Sri Lanka Friendship Exhibition | Embassy of Sri Lanka in France, Paris, France

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