Christopher Kulendran Thomas: Another World, 11 Oct 2022 — 22 Jan 2023

Christopher Kulendran Thomas: Another World

‘How do you tell the story of the losing side of a conflict when history has already been written by the winners?’
– Christopher Kulendran Thomas

Institute of Contemporary Art London – ICA, The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH, UK
The exhibition explores an alternative approach to technology through the prism of the defeated revolution for an independent Tamil homeland.
During the Liberation War for Tamil Eelam the de facto state of Eelam was self-governed by a revolutionary movement that, in the early years of the World Wide Web, used the internet to coordinate a globally distributed parallel economic system amongst the Tamil diaspora. However, the movement’s political ambitions were eclipsed by a bitter military conflict and the autonomous state they led was wiped out in 2009 by the Sri Lankan government.
Developed together with longtime collaborator Annika Kuhlmann, the exhibition features a major new commission, The Finesse (2022), that examines some of the lost legacies of this liberation movement in Kulendran Thomas’ family homeland.
The exhibition also presents a series of newly commissioned paintings that extend Kulendran Thomas’ use of artificial intelligence technologies. Exhibited alongside ceramic works by Aṇaṅkuperuntinaivarkal Inkaaleneraam, a leading light of the Eelam artistic resistance, the paintings are made using machine-learning algorithms trained on the memetic circulation of art historical influences from the Western canon to Sri Lanka’s post-war art world.
Contacts & Details
Tue – Sun 12 pm – 7.30 pm
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Institute of Contemporary Art London – ICA, The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH, UK

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