Art & Oppression: Artist's Statement

Ashok Sinha

Portraits of Silence

From 1983 to 2009, Sri Lanka was gripped by an ethnic civil war that killed as many as 100,000. During the final phases of the war, civilians were caught in unforgiving crossfire between the advancing Sri Lankan Army and retreating separatists of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Portraits of Silence is a series about the schoolchildren who lived in the Northern Province, a stronghold of the LTTE, and were directly affected by displacement, malnutrition, and warfare.