Rajapaksas Return: Notes on the Presidential Election, Sri Lanka 2019.

Rajapaksas’ Return Political Instability The Sri Lanka presidential election on November 16 marks the potential return of the Rajapaksa regime with the presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the SLPP. As Leader of the SLPP, it is likely that Mahinda Rajapaksa… Continue Reading

‘A diaspora problem?’ Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Annika Kuhlmann’s Ground Zero and New Eelam, 4A Papers.

Ground Zero (2019) is a slick and arresting spectacle by the young British-Tamil artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Berlin-based curator Annika Kuhlmann. Opening during Berlin Art Week (11–15 September 2019), the installation has prompted much talk. The centrepiece… Continue Reading

Alex & I: narrative and network resistance

For my artistic-research project Alex & I (2013–2018), I have discussed the media history and lived circumstances of the now former-refugee, Sanjeev ‘Alex’ Kuhendrarajah, to extend his narrative of migration beyond the news cycle. Having worked with images of Alex… Continue Reading

Movements of Minorities: AusLankan Struggles for Transnational Justice

This text arose from my experiences during a writers’ residency in Sri Lanka in the build-up to the January 2015 election, in which Maithripala Sirisena usurped the long-standing president Mahinda Rajapaksa. It tracks notions of democracy and justice as put… Continue Reading