Melbourne-based photographer Sudeep Lingamneni lets his Indian heritage, American upbringing and international 'citizenship' inform his work. Part Indian, part American and part Australian, Sudeep Lingamneni is the perfect example of the sort of 21st Century international citizen we are all rapidly becoming, effortlessly bridging dramatically different cultures as he seeks a greater truth through creativity.
Sudeep refers to himself both as "a boy name sue" and "a boy without a country", monikers that are not designed to make him sound cool, but that echo his position as one of the society's exiles. Here is someone who slipped through the cracks of physical and notional borders, unexpectedly finding himself in no man's land.
Now a gifted and self-taught photographer, visual designer and music producer, Sudeep spent most of his adult life struggling to find a place to call home. It has been a long road to acceptance of his art and status for Sudeep, one he travelled harder than most.
"I understand collaboration is the key to progressive work. I seek out opportunities to work with organisations looking for fresh perspectives and compelling concepts. From individual talents through to nonprofit sectors to art, design and music labels, I'm eager to combine efforts with others in the spirit of presenting concrete ideas in the best possible way."
Sudeep is available for commissions worldwide, and he welcomes the opportunity to bring his work to a broader audience via festivals and exhibits. He is interested in the place where advertising, photography, content marketing and social media converge.
This website is being updated. Only a small selection of work is presented here so far; more will be added in the next few weeks.
Many incarnations. I have faith in tiny things. My artistic career is one long series of continuous accidents mounting on top of one another. I have a collaborative approach to my work and operate with maturity, positivity and sensitivity to the project and people involved.
I am an Indian-American-Australian contemporary artist and arts worker based between Melbourne, Australia and Hyderabad, India with a background in Community Cultural Development [CCD] practice. I use Multimedia and Digital Storytelling to challenge cultural perceptions and comment on local and global issues regarding identity, place and history. I collaborate with organisations, businesses, cultural and community groups to explore these ideas. I have participated in artists’ residencies, done commissions, won scholarships and awards and as well as exhibited my work in group and solo exhibitions.
I am currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music) by Research at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, where I will be investigating Indian aural environments, explored and expressed through Indian Noise Music.
As a professional arts worker, I am passionate about the craft and artistry of my practice. Combining diverse storytelling skills from both visual media and music has enabled me to immerse myself in a variety of cultural contexts. This is the basis of my CCD practice.
By constantly questioning and challenging my skills and knowledge I am able to stay abreast of new forms of artistic and community practices and I have developed a flexibility that enables me to adapt to contemporary challenges and opportunities in the field.
I’m looking forward to new opportunities and challenges. Available for full and part time freelance/contract work as well as permanent positions. I am currently self-employed.
Weekly Ticket installs artist David Wells at Footscray Station every week for fifteen years. David begins the project aged 55 and complete it at 70, the new “retirement” age.
As the artist adapts to his environment and his environment to him, extraordinary collaborations will emerge. Sometimes he will be alone. Sometimes he will be a crowd. He will be disguised in plain sight. The typical will become surreal and the extraordinary a regular occurrence, as commuters, locals and visitors become part of a living and evolving public artwork.
Over 15 years, many local, national and international artists will become part of the expanded performative conversation.
Recently, my photography work was published in an international magazine, New Internationalist July 2016, Issue 494. My collaborator is Alice Melike Ulgezer an author, poet and sometimes musician inspired and informed by the Sufi Poetic.
But the Australian version of the magazine is slightly different and doesn’t include the Southern Exposure feature. Which highlights the work of artists and photographers from the Majority World.
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Our invitation is open to all Asia-Pacific born and/or based artists who are passionate about lens-based media. We are looking for resourceful and imaginative creators who are willing to produce and exhibit original artwork.
If you are a looking for a space to share your work, and engage with a community of photographers and writers, then please contact us. We are open to all forms and subjects that involve the use of lens-based processes.
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Sudeep Lingamneni is an Indian-American-Australian contemporary interdisciplinary artist, arts producer, photography curator, artistic researcher and community arts worker whose diverse practice defies simple boundaries or explanations. Collaborator and polymath par-excellence, Sudeep has not only been an alumni of the Footscray Community Arts Centre Emerging Cultural Leaders (ECL) Program, but is also a key component of PHOTODUST, a not-for-profit Asia-Pacific curation project that engages and encourages collaboration between artists, for the production and publication of photographic and lens-based art. Sudeep was nominated as an Asian to Watch Out For by one of our readers, particularly in relation to this incredible archive of digital image culture, and we were curious to get to know a little bit more about Sudeep and his work, which features here with two images of Bella Li, herself a fine poet (published in Peril as a part of the Poetry Map).
Earlier this year I was commissioned to photograph the Wominjeka Festival. The festival presents a rich and diverse program of art, music, performance and activities that deeply reflects the Indigenous culture in Melbourne’s west, and Australia.
The sequencing of my individual photos into a whole takes the viewer on a virtual festival tour.
The exhibition and installation honoured the remarkable Yorta Yorta leader, activist and human rights advocate Mr. William Cooper and his time in the west of Melbourne. The exhibition presented artworks by Kiah Atkinson, Paola Balla, Tim Kanoa and Arika Waulu, the exhibition was curated by Kimberley Moulton.
The exhibition has revealed the long legacy that continues to commemorate Aboriginal resilience and the importance of activism and honouring the community’s ongoing achievements.
Double exposure photography artworks.
Robbie Bundle is a singer-songwriter and musician who has been writing and performing music for more than 35 years. Also a filmmaker, MC and a musical historian of the songlines.
Double exposure portrait of Robbie Bundle.
Uncle Alf Turner - or Uncle Boydie to most - is a true gentleman, and believed to be the oldest living Yorta Yorta Elder in Victoria. In addition to making his own substantial contribution to his community, he is the custodian of the legacy of his grandfather, the Aboriginal leader Mr. William Cooper.
Double exposure portrait of Alf Turner.
We Still Live On: Bart Willoughby and Friends
What began as an experimental recording session at The Melbourne Town Hall on the grand organ for Bart Willoughby and Deline Briscoe steadily developed into a fully-fledged album We Still Live On. Based on the songwriting talents of Bart Willoughby, the words of the late great Indigenous poet Kevin Gilbert and archival material. Vocalist Deline Briscoe along with special friends joined Bart Willoughby and kicked off Wominjeka 2016.
Homelands is an interactive space for children inspired by play, curiosity and discovery.
Homelands explores our connection to country in a highly industrial urban setting and will provide a sense of retreat and imagination from busy urban life, with additional materials to create noise and music built into the structure to create a Homelands soundscape; the sound of children laughing, talking and working with each other, echoing the voices of thousands of generations of children before us who have played on the same country.
Symptoms may include: homelessness, unemployment, poverty, hunger, feelings of powerlessness, fear, apathy, boredom, cultural decay, loss of identity, extreme self-consciousness, loss of free speech, incarceration, suicidal tendencies or death.
V-T-R is an artist / anti-capitalist activist based in Melbourne, Australia. He believes art can help change the world for the better and that art is never neutral. Art is never devoid of politics and economics. Art is part of a class war between the wealthy, ruling elites of the world and the majority of the working poor, and indebted, exhausted and depleting middle classes.
Tell me why, tell me why, tell me why, why can’t we live together? Tell me why, tell me why, why can’t we live together? Everybody wants to live together. Why can’t we be together? No more wars, no more wars, no more war, just a little peace in this world. No more wars, no more wars, all we want is some peace in this world. Everybody wants to live together. Why can’t we live together? Gotta live, gotta live, gotta live together, gotta live together. No matter, no matter what colour, you are still my brother. I said, “No matter, no matter what colour, you are still my brother. Everybody wants to live together. Why can’t we live together?
I’m kind of honouring the fact that I have only a small amount of energy, but not pushing myself too hard. I’ve been realising lately that for ages, I’ve been running on adrenaline and mania, and to an extent, this has been driven by my ego which has been trying to cover up a deeply held emotional pain. And now my body is saying “no” to the adrenaline and mania. It’s an absolute NO. And my ego is wondering what to do. “Who am I if not someone who is doing lots of projects, multi-tasking and planning big things??” I am trying to listen to a deeper feeling of who I am, instead of the chatter of my mind.
But still, I have to balance this with the fact that I do actually have stuff to do.
I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.
Just like a painting, this photo is very much about texture, structure and arrangement.
Agra, India, 2004.
Like painting, my work is very much about composition. That is where the feeling flows - more so than in the expressions on faces or the possible social meanings. But I am not trying to imitate painting. In fact, my pictures are as close to Robert Frank or Paul Strand as they are to painting or cinema. But people seem to choose not to see that.
Dr Shashi Tharoor MP - Britain Does Owe Reparations
The motion: This house believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies.
ABOUT THE OXFORD UNION SOCIETY: The Union is the world’s most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. It has been established for 189 years, aiming to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe.
Satish Kumar is an internationally renowned speaker on ecological and spiritual issues. When he was only nine years old, Satish renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. He left the monastic order and became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a peaceful world into reality, before undertaking an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America without any money, through deserts, mountains, storms and snow.
Satish teaches lectures and runs workshops on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorates in Education (2000), Literature (2001) and in 2009 an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Exeter.
Photography has become a real, democratic art form; a visual exchange in public space. While I document him, he documents me, thereby creating a duality of each other’s presence in public space. By doing so, we give beginnings to a camera ritual/performance.
Through non-verbal communication, we take each other’s portraits. We share these moments amongst ourselves, our friends and our families. A common bond, a cultural understanding and a visual search is being conceived between us. I believe this to be the power of photography.
“Searching is everything - going beyond what you know. And the test of the search is really in the things themselves, the things you seek to understand. What is important is not what you think about them, but how they enlarge you.” - Wynn Bullock
I always liked the dark side of life. I like things that aren’t considered average.
Since the 1970′s Majuli islander, Jadav Payeng has been planting trees in order to save his island. To date, he has single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC. His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis.
Queensland Theatre Company’s Wesley Enoch criticises his fellow artistic directors who receive substantial government funds but do not speak up for other artists. Quarantining funds at the top end of arts town, he says,
“cements in the minds of critics that the larger the company, the more protected they are from the equitable application of policy.”
It is inconsistent with our standing as a culturally ambitious nation, that individual artists like myself (and small arts companies) are bearing a disproportionate load of funding cuts.
Melbourne is now the world’s sixth most expensive city to live in. Artists are being increasingly marginalised in Australia’s rising economy, with our wages remaining below the poverty line. In fact, only 17% of professional artists are currently working full-time in their creative careers.
Moreover, the perception of what is acceptable or normal “art” is usually formed from a narrow and conservative viewpoint, by a handful of self-appointed guardians of culture. The result is the cultural gentrification of Australia, and the assimilation of individual artists into a way of being that is determined predominantly by economic forces.
“Sudeep’s photographs are intense, deep, and very moving. He has a deep passion for photography and it shows in his work; his portraits bring out the best the subject has to offer. He can go across East and West cultural thinking and cares deeply about the quality of the work he does!” - Alan Webber (Global Detective at Webber Investigations Inc)
Alan Webber is an American entrepreneur, writer and progressive Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for Governor of New Mexico in 2014. In 1981, Webber worked as an employee of the Harvard Business School, where he went on to serve for five years as managing editor and editorial director of the Harvard Business Review. In 1995, Webber co-founded the technology business magazine, Fast Company, where he was named Adweek’s Editor of the Year in 1999. In 2000, investors sold Fast Company for $360 million, which was at that time, the second highest price ever paid for a U.S. magazine.
Alan Webber was born September 18, 1948, in St. Louis, Missouri. His father was a camera salesman.
There is no consistent definition for homelessness.
People experiencing homelessness include those who sleep rough on the streets or under makeshift dwellings. Although people who sleep rough are most visible to the public, they only represent 7% of the homeless population.
A person doesn’t have to be living on the street to be regarded as homeless; rather it is defined as someone without consistent, safe or appropriate tenure.
My photography effort is to show how much the face of homelessness has changed from the old man with a brown paper bag.
Everything I made money on was fucking up the world. I philosophised myself out of the business quick. All these people tell you they want to use you, and bloody hell they do. I was tired of making a living. I wanted to live instead.
Thanks Sudeep, you’ve given me so much to think about (mainly personally). I keep thinking about your understanding of ‘assimilation’ being much bigger than race/gender and all the things that the media (and whoever else) would want us to dwell on. Dave talks about this stuff all the time as well, just with different words. Assimilation is so much bigger. It’s assimilating into a way of being - and the western understanding of ‘power’ and ‘success’.
Jon Jandai is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-Reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably. Outside of Pun Pun, Jon is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years. He continually strives to find easier ways for people to fulfill their basic needs. For more information visit http://www.punpunthailand.org
Introducing the 2014 ECL program participants: Ana Rita Pires, Azlan Petra, Bundit Puangthong, Caryal Celine Yap, Gabriela Haddad, Ignacio Rojas, Joseph Chetty, Lima Peni, Lina Paselli, Marion Fallah, Mayssam Latif, Michelle Graham, Rosie Kilvert, Sajeewa Gayan, Sudeep Lingamneni and Suzanne Nguyen.
The 2014 Emerging Cultural Leaders Showcase is the culmination of five months of skills development and mentoring with a focus on community-engaged arts and cultural practice.
This one-night-only event is an opportunity for the participants to present their work and make vital industry connections, across the arts, business, local government, education and other sectors. It is also our chance to thank the many wonderful mentors and industry guests who have contributed to the success of the program and continue to be an important resource of knowledge and wisdom for the participants.