Nina Mangalanayagam

Nina is a fine artist and a Senior Lecturer in Photography at HDK-Valand Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden. In her research and visual practice she explores themes of belonging, multiple heritages and hybridity, often using a semi-autobiographical approach. She has a PhD by practice from Westminster University and a MA from the Royal College of Art, UK.


Nina has exhibited widely internationally including the Colombo Biennale, Sri Lanka, and the Michaelis galleries, Cape Town, South Africa. Recent exhibitions include the group show No looking back Okay? at UGM gallery in Maribor and Vigilance, Struggle, Pride: Through her eyes, which toured to multiple institutions in Europe such as Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Umelka Gallery – Slovak Union of Visual Arts, Bratislava, and Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin. Recent commissions include the book A-Z of Conflict by Raking Leaves where 9 artists were commissioned to create new works responding to the three Sri Lankan alphabets that have caused much conflict in Sri Lanka.