Sej Saraiya is an award-winning Indian photographer, creative director and writer whose photographic journey began ten years ago in the Amazonas where a night long conversation with an elder opened her eyes to the wisdom of those “who have not yet forgotten the old ways”.
After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2009, she started to travel to the unexplored interiors of the culturally rich Asia and the Americas in an attempt to transcend language and cultural barriers and explore consciousness. Although she had been seeing the world through a lens since she was ten years old, it was only then that her camera became an extension of herself.
She has two major bodies of work concerning different subjects: Advaita (2015) focusing on the interrelatedness of all living beings, and Faces of the Indigenous (2018) a powerful document on vanishing cultures around the world. Her artwork has been purchased by enthusiasts in Belgium, California, New York, and India.
"The reason I photograph is to experience human existence beyond the precinct of words. As human beings, we often overuse our ability to communicate—expressing more, experiencing less. Most world philosophies have adopted sabda or ‘word’ as the single valid means of knowledge. But the human spirit illuminates magnificently with direct perception and inference. And the story lies in the unspoken word."
November 2018 ANIMAL ADVOCACY THRU ART Lois Lambert Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
May 2018 FACES OF THE INDIGENOUS Electric Lodge Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
May 2018 DEPAYSÈMENT Nous Tous Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
September 2017 SCHOOL'S OUT FOREVER Legato Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
August 2017 EVOKING THE UNSEEN Venice Love Shack, Los Angeles, CA
July 2017 BEATLES VISIT TO INDIA Santa Monica Assembly Hall, Los Angeles, CA
June 2017 ADVAITA Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles, CA
April 2017 ADVAITA Uttra Art Gallery, Rishikesh, India
March 2017 SACRED INDIA: ADVAITA Maharishi "Beatles" Ashram, Rishikesh India
Lectures & Presentations
August 2018 EMPOWERED FILMMAKER MASTERCLASS (with VoVo Productions) New Hazelton, BC
August 2018 EMPOWERED FILMMAKER MASTERCLASS (with VoVo Productions) Kamloops, BC
March 2018 LECTURE ON STORYTELLING, FILMMAKING & CONSCIOUSNESS (with Marc Baraka Strauch) Beatles Ashram Rishikesh, India