January 26By Sangeeta Mahajan
Winner of the Clayton Utz Art Award 2021 'January 26'- is from a series titled 'A lingering ache' based on Aboriginal dispossession. The Aboriginal mother and daughter reflect on Australia Day, and the arrival of the first fleet, as a day of celebration or decimation.
About the Artist
Sangeeta Mahajan is a Brisbane based art photographer, specialising in painterly, fine art portraiture and conceptual, narrative photography. In the manner of the early pictorial photographers of the 1800’s, Sangeeta’s evocative images establish compelling narratives through a focus on composition, tonality, atmosphere, and the psychological power of her tableaux-like, figurative arrangements.
Through her carefully staged photographs and curated props and costumes, Mahajan explores what lies beneath the human skin - the subtle, unspoken twists and the angst of the heart and mind - reflecting the nuances of each person’s reality, their relationships, and their inner self. Framing people in situ, she captures micro expressions and transient emotions, probing into the psychology of relationships that often remains unseen on the surface.
While her post graduate qualifications in Literature and Management significantly influence her art, Sangeeta is completely self-taught in terms of photography.
Her work has been published in numerous international magazines and has won multiple accolades in Australian and international fine art competitions.
Awards | Prizes
2022 Art Lovers Australia Prize – Winner
Tokyo International Foto Awards - Winner Gold
2021 Clayton Utz Art Award – Winner
Lethbridge 20000 - Highly Commended Award
Staged Photographs- 35 Awards - Winner (3rd place)
35 Awards - Top 100 photographers - Conceptual Photography
2020 Nokia Creative Top 30 Australian Photographer of the Year- Australian Photography
35 Awards - Winner Art Photography
Australian Photography Awards - 2nd Place and Honourable Mentions - (Fine Art)
WPE International Photography Awards - Gold and Silver
Honourable Mention and Acceptance- Full Frame International (FFI) Award 2020
2021 Salon De Refuses- Brisbane Portrait Prize
2020 Siena International Photo Awards
2022 Collectors’ Edition Exhibition- Art Lovers Australia, Gold Coast, Australia
Brisbane Landmarks, Landscapes & Personalities Exhibition, RQAS, Brisbane, Australia
2021 'The Romantics'- Exhibition- Art Lovers Australia - Gold Coast, Australia
Salon de Refuses - Lethbridge 20000 - Brisbane, Australia
Aarwun Art Gallery - Canberra, Australia
‘The Staged Photograph' - Juried Exhibition, The SE Center for Photography, S Carolina, USA
Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC’s) & Stonehenge Gallery - Juried Photo Exhibit, Alabama, USA
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