Sergio Leyva Seiglie is photographer born in Havana, Cuba and currently based in Sydney, Australia. His photographic work explores how we perceive belongingness and notions of identity such as national and cultural identity, and the interplay between private and public memory.
He was the production manager and photographer on the award winning feature documentary They Are We. The photographs from the documentary became part of the exhibit ‘Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond’ in New York City at the United Nations Headquarters’ Visitor Centre, and part of the UN's International Decade for People of African Descent. They were also featured in publications such as BBC World News, The Atlantic, Clutch Magazine, El Pais, and Harvard's Hutchins Center's Transition Magazine and won the HPA2015 Documentary Award.
Sergio was also a finalist in Capture Magazine Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2018 in the Doco/Photojournalism category. His photographic work has been showcased in the Aleppo 12th International Photo Festival, in publications such as Incandescent, Then There Was Us, Foto8, Inspired Eye Photography Magazine and in collective and solo exhibitions in Australia, Cuba and Spain.
He is currently represented by HABA gallery.
Features & Interviews
Incandescent - Issue Eighteen "Closeness and Distance"
Then There Was US Magazine - AND 2020 Annual
Then There Was US Magazine - Motherland – A study of national and cultural identity
Contact Sheet - Mentorship Graduate
2015 - Gangá-Longobá - Contact Sheet gallery, Sydney, Australia.
2013 - Reencuentro/Reunion - House of Africa, Havana, Cuba.
2012 - Street: In this Place, In this Moment - Cine Riviera Gallery, Havana, Cuba
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 - Transferencia Cultural - Haba Gallery / Utopia 26 / Visual Korner, Barcelona, Spain.
2019 - Interconnected: Slavery in the past, present and future - Thirning Villa, Sydney, Australia.
2017 - Watch This Space - Contact Sheet gallery, Sydney, Australia.
2016 - Frame 17A - Australian Centre of Photography Social Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
2015 - Urban Collective, a Sydney Street Photographers’ Exhibition - Part of Head On Photo Festival. Pop-Up Gallery, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia.
2015 - Aleppo 12th International Photo Festival - Le Pont ArtOrganization, Aleppo, Syria.
2014 - Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond - United Nations Headquarters, Visitor Centre, New York, US.
2012 - Still The Still - “23 y 12” Centre of Culture, Havana, Cuba.
2012 - Woman: Object or Subject? - Part of the 3rd Latin American Photography Colloquium. Oswaldo Guayasamín Museum, Havana, Cuba.
2012 - Secretos de Nuestra America/Secrets of Our America - Iberian-American Institute of Finland and Asociación ProDocumentales, Madrid, Spain.
2011 - Catalejo/Telescope - 23 and 12 Center of Culture, Havana, Cuba.
2011 - Ámbito Veintiuno Once/Scope Twenty-one Eleven - Part of the 2nd Latin American Photography Colloquium. Simón Bolívar Museum, Havana, Cuba.
2011 - 11th Exhibit of Latin American Documentary and Photography for Social Action (ADocS 2011) - Asociación ProDocumentales and the Comillas Foundation. Comillas, Cantabria, Spain.
2010 - 10th Exhibit of Latin American Documentary and Photography for Social Action (ADocS 2010) - Asociación ProDocumentales. Langreo, Asturias, Spain.