"The common people of Sri Lanka went through a lot,"says Amarasinghe. "They were lost and had no protection." Thirty of the most poignant images of the Sri Lankan war taken since 1995 will be on exhibit at the Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya in Patan Dhoka for a month, starting Friday.
"I want to depict what happened from the victim's point of view," explains Amarasinghe. "It is important that we acknowledge them and go beyond recognising them just as numbers in the news."
One needs a strong heart to look at these pictures. Titled 'People In Between', the exhibition tells a painful story with every image. The futility of war, and the destruction and pain it inflicts on the innocents is evident throughout. Amarasinghe's pictures serve to remind us that it is the common people who pay the price, regardless of who wins.
Amarasinghe's pictures are arranged down the middle of a hall that houses a permanent exhibition of photographs from the trilogy 'A People War', which documents the human cost of the Nepal conflict. The juxtaposition of the two collections show us how images of suffering are universal.
Says Kunda Dixit, the editor of 'A People War', "The pictures from Nepal are of a class war. Gemunu's photographs show us how much more brutal an ethno-separatist war can be, making reconciliation and the healing process much more difficult."
'People In Between'
Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya, Patan Dhoka
10 December-10 January
11am-4pm, open all days except Tuesday