Leena Jayaswal

Leena Jayaswal

Leena Jayaswal is a documentary filmmaker, award-winning photographer with deep expertise and interest in issues that intersect race, representation and identity. Her photography has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country, including solo shows at the Gandhi Memorial Center, and International Visions Gallery. Group shows include Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The Washington Project for the Arts/ Corcoran Gallery of Art, Arlington Arts Center, Photoworks, Hilyer Art Space, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Lexington Art League and the Studio Gallery. Jayaswal’s images are in collections at Center for Photography, En Foco, Light Work, Photo Center Northwest through Society for Photographic Education and the Asian American Arts Centre Her films have been broadcast throughout the country on PBS affiliates through National Educational Telecommunications Association, and through New Day Films. She was awarded the prestigious Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. Her work has been featured in critical film festivals and newspapers for the Indian diaspora. Her award wining photography has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country. She has worked with famed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. Jayaswal is a Professor in the Film and Media Arts Division at American University. She is the director of the photography degree and is currently Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Communication.

Projects

I'm Not the Nanny

I’m Not the Nanny, 2016
Video
1 min.

"Micro-aggressions occurred almost daily after the birth of my child. People would stare while I walked down the street holding his hand, or strangers and relatives would tell me to have another child- one that looked more Indian. I’m Not the Nanny explores the banal day-to day activities, the ones that make you feel most like a parent, as a small resistances to those narratives." -- Leena Jayaswal

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