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Sanathanan Thamotharampillai completed a BFA and MFA in painting from the College of Art in Delhi. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held in 1998, 2001 and 2006 in Colombo in Sri Lanka and he has been part of group exhibitions in Jaffna and Colombo in Sri Lanka and in the UK. He had a show in 2008-2009, Artful Resistance: Crisis and Creativity in Sri Lanka at the Museum of Ethnology, Vienna. Sanathanan’s work has been published in ‘The one year Drawing Project: May 2005 – October 2007’, Book Published by Raking Leaves, London & Colombo, 2008.
His most recent work includes The Incomplete Thombu. This project records the stories that removed civilians from their homes and the memories that they took with them. Sanathanan examines the subject of displacement through a series of drawings that overlay ground plans of houses drawn from memory by displaced Tamil-speaking civilians, with architectʼs renderings and dry pastel drawings. The attempt to register one document on top of the other, maps out further displacements between what is remembered, what has been taken away and the stories left behind in a conflict that has torn apart its land and its people for over thirty years.