“Women don’t need to be empowered by an external source. They only need to have the freedom to be themselves so that they can embrace the infinite power of their femininity.”
Lessons from the nomadic Banajara women of the Great White Desert. Gujarat, India (2018)
ABOUT SEJ SARAIYA:
Sej Saraiya is a documentary photographer and filmmaker from India whose work focuses on remote cultures and advaita, or the universal interwovenness of all living beings.
Reflecting her own perpetual search for a deeper meaning in life, her art (both photographs and films) can best be described as spiritual and philosophical, hoping to create a yearning in the viewers that is tantamount to her own, unapologetically bringing a sense of unease and challenge.
She is a member of the American Photographic Artists (APA). Her photographs have been exhibited both in America and India and her artwork hangs in the homes of private collectors in Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa, India, Canada, Australia and the United States.
November 7, 2019 16:15, November 9, 2019 11:00
World Premiere of "The Language They Spoke"
Spirit Int'l Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel.
November 15, 2019
Global Taj International Film Festival, Agra, India
December 12, 2019
Ojai Short Film Festival, Ojai, California
Written, Directed & Produced by Sej Saraiya
Cinematography & Editing by Pavel Safonov
Narrated by Michael Petted
Oct 8, 2019 1:00 - 3:00 pm
INFINITE IN ITS SILENCE: Exploring Everyday Religion Through Photographs
Photography Exhibition and Panel Discussion
with Matt Gush and Prof. Yeolekar
California State University of Fullerton Orange County, USA
Oct 15, 2019 5:00 pm
Remote Cultures, Ancient Wisdom & ADVAITA
Opening Reception and Conversation
University of Southern California ORL Fishbowl Los Angeles, USA
Nov 21, 2019 7:00 - 8:30 pm
COLLECTIVISM, INDIVIDUALISM & ADVAITA
Lecture followed by Q&A
Pacific Asia Museum, Los Angeles, USA
“It takes a certain prowess to venture out to the farthest corners of this earth, and the handful who do are obliged to bring back the stories that haven’t been heard, to shine light on the responsibilities that come with sharing a planet—the importance and urgency of which I portray through my photographs. The void of female storytellers behind the lens, once filled holds a promise of an emboldened future”. - SEJ SARAIYA