Book Launch, Friday 11 August 2023, of ‘The A to Z of Conflict’ commissioned and published by Raking Leaves in 2019 with Abdul Halik Azeez, Muhanned Cader, Arjuna Gunarathne, Nina Mangalanayagam, Nillanthan, Anomaa Rajakaruna, T.Shanaathanan, Anushiya Sundaralingam, Chandraguptha Thenuwara and Kamala Vasuki
‘The A to Z of Conflict’ is a tri-lingual artists’ book by ten Sri Lankan contemporary artists, including QSS artist Anushiya Sundaralingam. It imagines what a commonplace children’s ABC book would look like if all the entries were chosen in relation to words about conflict, and words borne out of conflict. The project uses English, Sinhala, and Tamil, the three languages spoken in Sri Lanka, a country torn apart by a brutal civil war. From afar the compendium of entries testifies to the ways language defines us linguistically, socially and politically. Up close it reveals how the complex workings of language have the potential to conjoin and divide us. Each copy of ‘The A to Z of Conflict’ is bound in one of six combinations, reflecting how three languages can be positioned without giving one language greater status over the other. Drawing on the history of language conflict in Sri Lanka, this tri-lingual artists’ book serves as a collective means to think about how language rights, exclusion, status, and planning might serve us better in the future than they have in the past.
‘The A to Z of Conflict’ is the culmination of 5-years’ work involving ten contemporary artists living in London, Stockholm, Galle, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Belfast, and Colombo. working in collaboration with an international team of designers, editors and translators based in New York, Toronto, Jaffna, Delhi and Colombo.
‘The A to Z of Conflict’ Artists:
Abdul Halik Azeez Anomaa Rajakaruna
Muhanned Cader Kamala Vasuki
Arjuna Gunarathne Chandraguptha Thenuwara
Nina Mangalanayagam Anushiya Sundaralingam
‘The A to Z of Conflict’ Senior Editors:
R. Cheran Ruhanie Perera
Dinithi Karunanayake Geetha Sukumaran
Sharmini Pereira T. Shanaathanan
‘The A to Z of Conflict’ Editorial Team:
Pathum Egodawatte Ruth Surenthiraraj
Sharni Jayawardena Samitha Widyasekara
Kosala Senevirathne Vimala Velthas
Karmegam Shanmugavel Praveen Tilakaratne
‘The A to Z of Conflict’ Translators:
Achinthiya Bandara Saminadan Wimal
R. Cheran Geetha Sukumaran
Somasuntharampillai Praveen Tilakaratne
Pathmanathan Sathyaseelan Sathyaraj
‘The A to Z of Conflict’ Designer:
‘The A to Z of Conflict’ was commissioned and published by Raking Leaves in 2019 and was generously supported by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Stichting Doen and 148 Kickstarter Backers. Raking Leaves commissions and publishes art projects in the form of books and collector’s editions. Established in 2005, Raking Leaves is an award winning, non-profit curatorial publisher based in Sri Lanka.