Wall That Travels within Me

5138 mm x 2840 mm x 3mm Sculpture (acrylic + UV curable ink)

An excerpt from the catalogue essay.
After the regime fell in the mid 90s, I returned to Sri Lanka from my life in exile. I carried
15 5 1/4” floppy disks with me on my journey back home. They each contained information about political violence and human rights violations that occurred in the south of Sri Lanka from 1987 to 1990. After immigrating to Australia I managed to get some of the data on these disks recovered and continued to gather records and reports related to the 1987-90 period. From time to time I would take those disks out of the box in which they were kept, look at them and then safely return them back to it. One day I arranged them on my desk and it looked like a wall; a wall that holds memories of people who are no longer with us, some who were known to me and still many others who were unknown.

Commissioned by Casula Power House Arts Centre.

Jagath Dheerasekara, The Wall That Travels Within Me, 2021. Installation view, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 2021