Events | Exhibition tour with Senthuran Varatharajah

Berlin | May 23, 2024 | 5:00 PM (GMT+2)

Senthuran Varatharajah, Foto von Tigran Hovhannisyan

Exhibition Tour: Thursday, May 23, 2024, 5 p.m.
Haus Kunst Mitte, Heidestraße 54, 10557 Berlin
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The writer, philosopher, and theologian Senthuran Varatharajah will guide visitors on a tour through the exhibition "Fractures." During the tour, he will discuss the significance and impact of exile on the artistic creation of artists, exploring the concepts of "Exile as a state, state of mind" as well as "Exercising / Exorcising the exile."

The exhibition showcases a variety of artistic works – from painting and graphics to sculpture and installation, and even film – highlighting the individual and collective experiences of artists who have come to Berlin for various reasons. Each artwork addresses the complex phases of the exile experience, from the challenges of fleeing to the intense engagement with the new living environment in Berlin.

Varatharajah, whose parents fled to Germany with him as an infant from the civil war in Sri Lanka, brings his personal reflections on exile and creative work into the tour. His perspective allows for a new way of viewing the works, providing deeper insights into the significance and consequences of exile for artistic creation.

The tour will be conducted in English and will last about 20 minutes.

Senthuran Varatharajah was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, in 1984 and is a German writer, philosopher, and theologian of Tamil descent. He fled to Germany with his family when he was just four months old to escape the civil war in Sri Lanka. He pursued his studies in philosophy, Protestant theology, and comparative religious and cultural studies in Marburg, Berlin, and London.

His debut novel, "Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen," published in 2016 by S. Fischer Verlag, won multiple awards, as did his 2022 novel, "Rot (Hunger)." Senthuran Varatharajah currently resides in Berlin.

A cooperation in the context of the exhibition "Brüche" of Haus Kunst Mitte

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