Jaffna-based artist and educator Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan discusses four art projects created since 2004 based on ideas of 'home' within the context of ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. Drawing parallels between methods of archiving and art making, he considers the transformative potential of both processes and attempts to delineate their boundaries. He also describes his experiences as an artist, art educator, and co-founder of the Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture, and Design (SLAAD). The first archive of its kind in the country, SLAAD is an important resource of books and printed matter on contemporary Sri Lankan visual art and theory. 

Trans/formations: Archiving in Art