Niagara Galleries welcomes Sangeeta Sandrasegar

Sangeeta Sandrasegar joins the esteemed Niagara Galleries.

Words: Charlotte Middleton

The latest artist to join the stable of Melbourne’s Niagara Galleries is Sangeeta Sandrasegar, an exciting addition for one of Australia’s leading contemporary galleries.

Growing up between Australia and Malaysia, the artist’s research-based practice explores postcolonial and hybridity theory, investigating the relationship between migrant communities and their homelands. Sandrasegar completed a Doctorate of Philosophy at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne in 2004. Examining shadow as a theoretical tool, Sandrasegar proposed that as a potent visual device, it could be employed for representing ideas linked to postcolonial studies and hybridity theory.

Extending this inquiry, Sandrasegar crafts contemporary narratives depicting both the beauty and brutality, and drawing on various cultures, of the world we live in. She manipulates shadow to create a sense of transience within her powerful images, where the silhouette often implies the ambiguous status of individuals on the margins of society.

Sandrasegar’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne, and the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, in addition to major international exhibitions and biennials in New Zealand, Korea, India and the USA.

Image: Sangeeta Sandrasegar, she wrapped a bandage round her eyes and vowed to share the darkness, 2019.Pierced and cut paper, hand dyed in natural indigo, approximately 24 x 40cm. Courtesy: the artist and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne.

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