Future Greats: T. Shanaathanan

selected by Mark Rappolt. From the Summer issue of ArtReview Asia

By Mark Rappolt

Scan from T. Shanaathanan’s book project The Incomplete Thombu, 2011, 320pp, 30 × 21 cm. Courtesy the artist Scan from T. Shanaathanan’s book project The Incomplete Thombu, 2011, 320pp, 30 × 21 cm. Courtesy the artist

Already one of the more prominent and influential artists in his native Sri Lanka, Jaffna-born and -based Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan produces art, often hung upon an archival framework, that is firmly rooted in the specifics of the immediate and the personal – in this case the lasting impact of Sri Lanka’s three-decade-long civil war – but which nevertheless opens itself up to more universal concerns. And among other things he is also a cofounder, in 2014, of the Sri Lanka Archive…

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