Jasmine Nilani Joseph is a visual artist based in Jaffna maintaining a focus on drawing and its expanded relation to lived histories, especially in Northern Sri Lanka. Often beginning with field research and documenting from communal memory, Nilani's drawing series dwell on geographic details, displaced homes and how security structures come to denote militarization of the domestic sphere and the natural world. The artist's biography plays out in several of her works as accounts of fleeing violence and forced displacement during childhood from her hometown in Jaffna to Vavuniya through the years of civil war. In motifs of barriers and fences the artist reveals embedded complexities of exodus and resettlement, language barriers and cultural difference.
Jasmine Nilani Joseph