Monday 16 March to Thursday 26 March 2015
During Sangeeta Sandrasegar‘s stay in Canberra, she has worked at Megalo Print Studio with artist John Loane, to create an original commemorative print for the Australian War Memorial. To mark the centenary of the First World War, the Australian War Memorial commissioned a print portfolio featuring the work of ten contemporary artists from Australia and New Zealand. Each artist provided their own response to the history and legacy of the First World War in those countries and/or the Anzac tradition that emerged from this.
Sangeeta Sandrasegar was born in 1977 in Brisbane of Malaysian and Australian parents, and spent her childhood growing up between both countries. In 1987 her family settled in Melbourne where she currently lives and works. Her exploration of India and Australia, as personal sites of both homecoming and ancestry, and as nations with related colonial histories have influenced her recent projects. Sandrasegar works within a research-based practice, building narratives in which new works connect with previous projects. Her practice consolidates postcolonial and hybridity theory, exploring her context within Australia and its relationship to migrant communities and homelands. Her work is based around the intersection of differing, often clashing, cultures and she investigates the similarities and disparities in histories that are both literary and visual.
Sandrasegar has exhibited widely both locally and internationally, and is the recipient of several fellowships and prizes, including the Khoj International Artists Association Residency in India (2010), the Australia Council Barcelona Studio International Residency (2008), and the Australia Council Skills and Arts Development Individuals Grant (2005). In 2004 she completed a Doctorate of Philosophy at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne.