Sabes Sugunasabesan in Transitional Proximities

Anna Laine & Sabes Sugunasabesan

Sabes Sugunasabesan, photographer-poet of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, and Anna Laine, artist-anthropologist from Sweden, come together in their continuous investigations across South Asia and Europe. They share the notion of being situated on the border of insider and outsider, differently founded on the one hand in diasporic existence and on the other in extended fieldwork. Sugunasabesan and Laine both use photography as a central tool in their research, of how relations between people and places can be grasped, and of how complex life-worlds can be conveyed in visual and material forms. They aim to engage the viewers in ambiguous shifts between proximity and distance, hopelessness and calls for justice, through a linked focus on the transnational effects of a civil war and of discrimination based on caste.

Runs: 7 June to 13 June 2018
Private view: 8 June 6-8pm 2018
Open: 7 June 6pm, from 8 June 12-6pm

7 June 6-8pm Whitechapel First Thursday Walking Tour

5th Base Gallery
23 Heneage Street
London E1 5LJ
Transport: Aldgate East tube