Pakkiyarajah Pushpakanthan

Pakkiyarajah Pushpakanthan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts of the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The mood of Pushpakanthan’s work is intentionally unsettling as he draws inspiration from his first-hand experiences in the conflict and trauma of the war in the North. By exploring unforgettable memories of death, disappearance, torture and wounds, the artist uses his work as a space to lay bare the painful realities of the past so that people can grieve and heal. Rather than searching for answers of solutions, he moves through refined shifts of perception, hoping that the spectator is able to empathize with the trauma and its meaning.