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Unresolved Ground

Voices from Jaffna

BY JYOTI DHAR

S. HANUSHA, Leeches, 2015, tea bags and ink, 21 x 36.5 cm. Courtesy Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo. 

War and postwar, persecutor and persecuted, righteous and corrupt: the binaries of conflict are often more entangled than they first appear. Assembling and excavating hidden documents, reports and images in the wake of war can help complicate and dismantle such bifurcated narratives.

In the case of the 26-year Sri Lankan civil war (1983Ð2009), which primarily took place in the north and northeastern parts of the island, the…

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