Transnational Proximities

7 Jun 2018 – 13 Jun 2018

Event times

vernissage/Private view: 8th June at 6 to 9pm
Open daily: 8th to 13th June at 12-6pm
Artist talk :12th June at 7 pm
Preview with Whitechapel Gallery First Thursday’s Walking Tour:7th June at 6pm-9pm

Cost of entry


5th Base Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Tube: Algate East, Whitechappel, Shoreditch High Street

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Two artist from London and Stockholm come together in exploring war and caste in Sri Lanka and India and their reverberations in Europe.


Sabes Sugunasabesan, photographer-poet of the Sri Lankan diaspora, and Anna Laine , Artist-Anthropologist from Sweden, come together in their continuous investigation across South Asia and Europe. Sabes’ ‘The Last Walk to the Beach’, presents reconnections with his homeland and it’s people. He engages with the thirty-year war between the SribLankan Armed Forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). His works explores the relationship between those directly affected by the war and his response to their plight. Anna’s ‘At Dalits’ Feet’, addresses how lives within South Asian groups and communities, also in their diasporic locations , are implicated by caste. This hierarchical social system is analogous to a bodily order, where the lowest groups are connected with feet. Anna Laine engages with these groups in thevTamil context. She elevates their feet to the guru-position and uses the term Dalitin order to foreground their long-term counter forces.laine has conducted fieldwork with Tamils in South India and the Sri Lankan diaspora since 2004, and has a Finish migratory background. Anna’s new publication with Bloomsbury, ‘Practicing Art and Anthropology: A Transdisciplinay Journey’, will available in the gallery.

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Exhibiting artists

Anna Laine

Sabes Sugunasabesan


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