Vindhya Buthpitiya


Vindhya Buthpitiya is an anthropologist and curator working at the intersection of conflict and visual culture. Her current research focused on war, photography, and civilian resistance in northern Sri Lanka considers the local and global aftermaths of civil conflict through the making and moving of images. Vindhya is an Associate Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews and a member of 'PhotoDemos: The Camera and the Political Imagination' at UCL Anthropology.

Films shown in Divvy Film Festival 2021


Vindhya Buthpitiya & Timothy P. A. Cooper, Scratches on Celluloid, 2018
In the rapidly changing urban landscapes of Jaffna and Lahore, the social and public space of cinema halls are recognisable for their longevity and resilience amid insurgency, war, and infrastructural breakdown. Scratches on Celluloid explores such urban cinemas as symbols of state-enforced amnesia and collective attempts to remember.