Nina Mangalanayagam is a Swedish visual artist based in London. She has a Danish mother and Tamil father, and uses her personal experience and family background to explore the fluidity and unfixed nature of identities, how the interplay of influence among identity, family, society, and environments. Through her practice she explores the experience of being “in-between” cultures and how she is perceived because of her mixed background. In the past, she has mostly examined these topics through photography, but in her recent work she is increasingly using the moving image in her practice.
Nina has a Masters in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London, and is currently working on a Ph.D. at the University of Westminster. She recently completed a video commission for Radar, Loughborough University, as part of their Home/Land series, which was exhibited in Cape Town this year. Other recent exhibitions include Entanglement at Rivington Place, International Departure – Gate 10 at Fondazione Fotografia and Surfacing at European Commission House. She received the Jerwood Photography Award and the Photoworks graduate Award in 2005 and was short-listed for ArtsAdmin’s Decibel Visual Artist Award in 2006.