We are pleased to share with you below the details of a two-day exhibition in London (18-19 May 2019) marking ten years since the final stages of Sri Lanka’s civil war, a period in which tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed, mostly by government shelling. The exhibit is free and open to all, so please do join – whether it be to remember, engage, or get informed. Further information about the event, which is being organised by the Tamil Information Centre, is available here.
The 18th of May 2019 will mark the ten-year anniversary of the end of the war in Ilankai/Sri Lanka. It was a period of immense trauma and violence; the Sri Lankan forces defeated the Tamil Tigers in a brutal, indiscriminate military assault. Tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed. Many more were injured, displaced and detained in camps in the final months of the war and for years afterwards. Ten years on, there has been no accountability for the enormous loss of life, for war crimes and for human rights abuses.
Across the world, in May, the Tamil community will hold memorialisation services and activities in order to honour the dead and keep the memory of atrocity alive. It will be an important time for collective mourning, reflection and education. For our part, the Tamil Information Centre is arranging a two-day Exhibition, entitled ‘Tamils of Lanka: A Timeless Heritage.’ The exhibition will be held in Tolworth Recreation Centre, Fullers Way North, Surbiton KT6 7LQ, on the 18th and 19th of May 2019, from 11:00am to 06:00pm.
The exhibition is envisioned as a space for memory and community togetherness, reflecting not only on the human rights abuses and repression over years of war but also the Tamil community’s resilience and creativity. The exhibition will include informative, interactive displays and artwork that relate to the lives of Tamil- speaking people. For example, contemporary photography, protest and political resistance, food and culture, original artwork, explorations of history and ideas of ‘home’, and a room dedicated to the horrors of Mullivaikal – the stretch of beach where thousands were killed in the final months of the war. We also have an exciting and varied programme of speakers and workshops, and cultural events in the evenings.