Solo exhibition of new film installation The Tent, at University of Brighton Gallery. Juxtaposing the activity and rhythms of everyday life with the bombast of their protest’s ‘media days’, The Tent invites audiences to reflect on the lives of these women left behind, closely monitored by the authorities, caught between hope and grief but unable to move on. Artist talk on 5 May 2019, discussing his new film commission and the role culture can play in addressing violence and trauma.
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“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).
“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).
Delighted to have shown three of my short films (including ‘Paper’, 2011, film still above) at the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit’s ’One Hundred Thousand Small Tales’, curated by Sharmini Pereira.
A raw cut of ‘Thep’ (2016), my documentary short was selected for 7th Annual Video Art and Experimental Film Festival (VAEFF). The festival “introduces New York City to the most conceptually and aesthetically arresting, daring and provocative experimental films from around the world.” Directed, shot and edited by Kannan Arunasalam. Produced by Stateless Media.
Invitation from Cornell University’s Architecture, Art and Planning and the Society for the Humanities to participate in Cuba as Project: Mellon Seminar Visits Havana
“The Mellon seminar students were joined by DuFour’s architecture option studio, Havana After Nature, as well as three invited guests — documentary filmmaker Kannan Arunasalam, architectural historian and theorist Iulia Statica…”
Release of ‘Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain’, Stateless Media, AOL Originals, TechCrunch, October 2016
Cinematographer on Stateless Media’s documentary series commissioned by AOL Originals and posted on TechCrunch, “Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain”, about the rise of bitcoin, October 2016
Upworthy posted our shortreal Thep — a mild-mannered surgeon in a storefront clinic in Bangkok who gives people the bodies they’ve always wanted. He almost never sleeps or eats, and he keeps his mobile by his side always. He’s glad the rest of the world is finally catching up. Directed, shot and cut by Kannan Arunasalam for Stateless Media.
A young reporter dares to cover press freedom in one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists – Sri Lanka.
Screening of my short films on religious co-existence with the amazing Buddhist monk, the Venerable Tayzar Dipati, leading the discussion.
Myanmar: Portraits of Diversity, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St. New York, NY 10011 on 15 April 2015