Archive for: Photography

Review: ‘The Tent’, The Tetley, Leeds, February – June 2019

“The Tent is emotionally rich. Arunasalam’s imagery is arresting. Arunasalam invites us along on his journey to understand Sri Lanka. He probes the civil war and represents its losses but – by foregrounding individual stories of determination and diversity – aspires to a more unified future.” (Kannan Arunasalam: The Tent, Amelia Crouch, Corridor8, 3 April 2019).

Review: ‘The Tent’, The Tetley, Leeds, February – June 2019

“The resulting 20-minute film is quietly and profoundly affecting. Arunasalam’s camera captures the still moments of the women’s vigil as they sit silently, make tea, read or sweep the floor. It also features, by contrast, on a split screen, footage of the crowds and noise of media attention on an anniversary marking 500 days of consecutive protest. Arunasalam came to filmmaking through journalism and this is the first time his work has been shown in a gallery setting.” (Two hard-hitting new exhibitions are on display at the Tetley, The Yorkshire Post, 1 March 2019).

Solo exhibition: ‘The Tent’, The Tetley, Leeds, February – June 2019

Solo exhibition of new film installation The Tent and other work, at ‘The Tetley’ contemporary art gallery, Leeds 16 February —2 June 2019. The exhibition’s central film installation focuses on some of the mothers of the disappeared in Sri Lanka. The exhibition’s central film installation The Tent is a co-commission piece supported by the British Council and Arts Council England through The New North and South; a three-year programme of activity across eleven arts organisations from the North of England and South Asia.

‘The Singing Fish of Batticaloa’, BBC Radio 4

The search for an elusive watery wonder in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s civil war.

Broadcast Monday 28th July 2014, 11:00 am
Produced by Cicely Fell and Kannan Arunasalam
Photography by Kannan Arunasalam, Cicely Fell, Thangavel Sakthiyalingam
Music By Adam Nicholas
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

The ‘I Am’ project exhibited at Neuburger Museum of Art, Purchase, N.Y., January 4 – March 16, 2014

The exhibition of twenty international artists and thirty artworks explores how artists express their individual and collective identities, and the relationships among memory, document, and fiction. The mixed media exhibition presents work that uses online data, remembrance, handiwork, genetics, gaming, and Google to mark the discord, beauty and banality that occur each day.

Talk: ‘Expressions of Identity’, Royal Commonwealth Society, London

Invited to share some of my work at this event in London organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, International Alert and Voices for Reconciliation; chaired by George Alagiah and speaking alongside the writer Roshi Fernando and playwright Prassanna Puwanarajah.

‘Simplicity is the mark of genius, I Am project

Mrs Subramanium is the personal assistant to the head of one of Jaffna’s most popular newspaper. She reflects on her approach to life and death and why, despite the constant badgering from her diasporan family, she refuses to leave Jaffna.

‘The tobacco farmer’, I Am project, 2009

At 105 years of age, Veerakathy may be the oldest man in Jaffna. The tobacco farmer from Velanai has already outlived six of his sons. He talks about a Jaffna way of life that has helped him live a very long life.