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For Seekers Of Meaning
Travel Sketches from Sri Lanka

Seaker Reinhard Kleist’s strokes carry authority. His art lies in omitting; often also in expanding, curving, wearing away, keeping it rough. He shows temples, shrines, a bar or bakery, street scenes, bicycles, a naked light bulb illuminating a Buddha. Is this Sri Lanka, 2017?


Extracts from "Reiseskizzen aus Sri Lanka":

Sri-Lanka-Kandy470 © Reinhard Kleist


About the artist Reinhard Kleist:


Travelpedia: Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka Colombo © Reinhard Kleist (Detail)
    In 1516, the capital, Colombo, was occupied by the Dutch. In 1518, Portugal also wanted the island as a colony; between 1796 and 1948, it was under British occupation.
  • Sri Lanka Colombo_1 © Reinhard Kleist (Detail)
    A tsunami in 2004 killed 45,000 people. Sonali Deranyiagala’s memoir essay about the catastrophe “Wave”, which became a bestseller in the USA in 2013, is recommended.
  • Sri Lanka Kandy © Reinhard Kleist (Detail)
    Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam: ‘Sri Lanka’ (population: 20 million) means ‘venerable island’. It lies 200 kilometres off the southern tip of India. Between 1983 and 2009, a civil war raged between the Sinhalese and the Tamils, the island’s largest ethnic minority.

Stefan Mesch about Travel Sketches from Sri Lanka

Kleist’s 14 (often double-page) Sri Lanka drawings come particularly close to the aesthetic of several Kleist comic books: pronounced shadows, male bodies and faces, twilight. A good introduction!"


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Graphic Travelogues presents travel experiences by comic artists from different countries, illuminates and identifies recurring topics. From sketches to graphic novels, graphic diaries and travel drawings, we collect treasures here and question concepts and motivations, techniques and experiences.

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