Siva Sai Jeevanantham is a documentary photographer based in Chennai, India. He is a graduate of Photography Design from National Institute of Design (NID), India. He was also a student of English journalism from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Jammu and Kashmir. Siva Sai started his photography practice in 2012. During his practice he explored different mediums of image-making ranging from alternative photography practices, archives to digital image-making. Through his personal and documentary practice, he intends to create cognitive dissonance in human minds. His area of enquires revolves around human conflicts and satire. The idea of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ has always intrigued him, and his work refuses to conform to this binary. Exploring the grey area of human righteousness based on subjective relativism is something that he aims to achieve through his practice. Siva Sai’s ongoing body of work ‘ Upside Down’ was a special mention in Umrao-Singh Sher Gil Photography Grant.
In his recent work ‘In the same river,’ he discusses the importance of memory in resistance movement using the family photographs of victims of enforced disappearances in India-controlled Kashmir. In September 2019, this project received long term photography grant from Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad. Siva Sai has also exhibited his work ‘Avant-Garde Politics’ in Format festival 2019, Photo Israel 2019 and published in PIX journal in India.
From the project “In the same river”