Bio in brief

Jagath Dheerasekara is an Amnesty International Human Rights Innovation Fund Grant recipient. He was granted political asylum in France in the early 90s when he had to leave Sri Lanka due to political and human rights activism. On returning to Sri Lanka, Jagath began a career in telecommunications and his second spell of art in photography.  As time went by, both his personal and commissioned work took an increasingly larger role. He settled in Australia with his family in 2008. Jagath’s multi-disciplinary work is chiefly informed by the incidents of fragility of the principles of humanity.  He has presented his work in a number of solo exhibitions and selected group exhibitions. His work is held in both institutional and private collections. Jagath holds a master degree in information technology and is a passionate facilitator for community cultural development participatory art projects. He is currently on a residency, Right Here. Right Now. with the Urban Theatre Projects. Jagath lives and works in south-west Sydney.

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Grants, awards and prizes


2013 Finalist in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize by the MGA Foundation
2013 Nominee to the 5th Prix Pictet Global Award
2012 Finalist in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize by the MGA Foundation 
2012 Finalist in the Fisher's Ghost Art Prize
2011 Finalist in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize by the MGA Foundation
2011 Finalist in the Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize 
2010 Amnesty International Human Rights Innovation Fund Grant
2009 Nominee for the Award for the Editorial Series at the New York Photo Awards 2009 (NYPHA’09) 
2007 Nominee to the US Spider Award (professional category)

Solo exhibitions

2016 Family Keeps Us Going, The State Library, NSW (current), Sydney
2013 In the Outskirts of the Australian Dream, The Muse, Ultimo, Sydney
2013 Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud, Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Cultural Centre, Tennant Creek 
2013 Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane
2013 Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud, Manning Clark House, Canberra
2013 Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud, The Light Gallery, Centre for Creative Photography, Adelaide
2012 Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud, Christ Church Cathedral, Darwin
2012 Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud, Library, La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, Melbourne
2012 Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud, Customs House, Sydney
2012 Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud, Pine Street Gallery, Sydney
2011 Stars Sky Trees Breeze, ATVP Art Inc., Sydney
2006 Song of the Unsung, Foyles Gallery, London 
2004 Camera Sketches, Stockholm

Selected group exhibitions

2017 Another Day in Paradise, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
2015 Sharing the Seeds at the Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith, Sydney
2015 All Station To, KUDOS Gallery, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney
2014 A selected group exhibition featuring 14 artists by PIX Photography Quarterly, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata.
2014 Street Exhibition, A selected group exhibition featuring 12 artists by PIX Photography Quarterly, Mumbai
2013 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2012 The Long and the Short of It, Projection, Federation Square, Melbourne
2012 Metamorphoses, Harold Peris Gallery, Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo
2012 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2011 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2011 Contested Territory, ATVP Art Inc., Sydney 
2009 Fisher's Ghost Art Prize
2008 Urban Changes, Colombo 
2008 Urban Changes, Banglore 
2008 Urban Changes, Karachi 
2008 Urban Changes, Delhi 
2008 Urban Changes, Pune 
2007 Urban Changes, Mumbai 
2007 My Oasis of Silence, the Goethe-Institut, Colombo 
2006 Imagine Tropics, the Goethe-Institut, Colombo 
2003 Tones of Black and Shades of White, the Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo

Festivals

2017 Sydney Festival
2013 Head On Photo Festival, Sydney
2013 Obscura Photo Festival, Malaysia
2013 BIFB13, Ballarat
2012 Darwin Festival, Darwin
2012 Fisher's Ghost Festival, Australia
2012 HeadOn Photo Festival, Sydney 
2012 FotoFreo, Perth 
2012 Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne 
2009 Chobi Mela V International Festival of Photography, Bangladesh
2008 Singapore International Festival of Photography, Singapore 
2008 Fisher’s Ghost Festival, Australia

Community cultural development / facilitation

2017 Mapparra with Information and Cultural Exchange, Parramatta
2016 Beauty (a project by the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors)
2016 Map as Art: Calendars of Memory
2016 Map as Art: Auburn Cartographies of Diversity 
2014 Digital Storytelling, Penrith
2013 Day and Beyond II in Sydney South West - skill development and exhibition programme
2008 Day and Beyond I in Colombo, Sri Lanka - skill development and exhibition programme

Collections & work presented in permanent exhibitions/installations

State Library of New South Wales collection
Monash Gallery of Art collection 
Australian Museum, Sydney
 - Indigenous Australians permanent exhibition/installation
Queensland Centre for Photography collection
Private Collections

Artist talks/interviews

2017 Canvas | FBI Radio, Sydney
2017 Artist Talk, Another Day in Paradise, Campbelltown Arts Centre
2013 Life Matters | ABC National Radio
2013 Artist Talk, Manning Clark House, Canberra
2013 Artist Talk, The Light Gallery, Centre for Creative Photography, Adelaide
2012 Artist Talk, FotoFreo Photo Festival | Divergence: Photographs from Elsewhere Midland Atelier, Perth
2012 Artist Talk, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2012 Life Matters | ABC National Radio2012 In Conversation, Customs House, City of Sydney Library

Essays in images and words

2017 Catalogue essay, Another Day in Paradise (words)
2015 Society and Culture in South Asia, January 2015, Volume 1 (photos)
2013 Excerpt Magazine (photos)
2013 Verve Photo (photos)
2013 BURN Magazine
 (photos)
2013 Timemachine Magazine (photos)
2012 Metamorphoses: the Sri Lanka Issue, PIX Photography Quarterly - Volume 6 (photos)
2008 South Asia Journal for Culture – Volume 2 (photos)

Book complication/editing

2017 Family Keeps Us Going (in printing)

Published in academic journals/specialised publications


2017 Transcultural Imaginations by Religion, State and Society Network of University of Sydney
2015 Phenomenology of Youth Culture and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meanings in Changing Times by Routledge -Taylor & Francis Books, Inc.
2012 Artlink: Disaster and Fortitude - December



Residencies

2015 Sharing the Seeds (Penrith City Council, NSW, Australia)
2007 The Urban Changes residency (the Goethe-Institut Mumbai, India)
2007 Oasis of Silence residency (the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo and the Goethe-Institut Colombo, Sri Lanka)
2006 Imagine Tropics residency (the Goethe-Institut Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Education

Master of Science, Keele University, UK