Jayanti Seiler has generated work as a photographer for over 18 years and she is an Associate Professor at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach Florida, where she has been teaching photography since 2011. Her current work titled, “Of One and The Other", developed out of her long-term dedication to wildlife rehabilitation and rescue where she seeks to raise awareness regarding the complexity of human-animal relationships to impart a greater consideration and respect for our fellow inhabitants of this planet who are unable to speak for themselves. Her commitment and contributions to animal activism extend far beyond her photographic work to include alignments with animal rights groups to help investigate backyard sanctuaries and zoos that profit from cub encounters. A court case was brought against a wildlife sanctuary in Florida that repeatedly violated the animal welfare act. I was called as a witness because of interest that I generated in several animal abuse complaints filed with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding paid encounters with tiger cubs that she experienced first hand upon visits to the sanctuary. As a result, the sanctuary was fined a civil penalty and ordered to cease and desist from violating the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations.
Her work has gained national and international recognition in publications including The New York Times LENS “Humans and Animals: A Complicated Bond”, LIFE FORCE Magazine in the UK, LENSCRATCH, LENSCRATCH RE-Runs, Life Force Magazine, Végane Magazine in Canada, Muybridge’s Horse, Edge of Humanity Magazine "From Lifesaving to Exploitation-The Human Factor in the Animal's Life”, and Vision Magazine in Beijing. Jayanti’s work has been exhibited widely including twice at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach Florida, the Chiang Mai University Art Museum in Thailand, Harvard University, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, The von Liebig Art Center in Naples Florida, Washington State University, and the Florida Consortium of Art Schools. In January 2018, Jayanti will have a solo exhibition at WORKSPACE Gallery in Nebraska. Jayanti was commissioned by Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida, one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the country dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats to create a film, which was featured on the Discovery Animalist Channel in 2014. She was a selected speaker at the 2013 Society for Photographic Education Southeast Regional Conference in Florida, where she presented her photography series, “Clemency Raptor”, captured at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland Florida and the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet Florida, featuring a vignette of life for birds of prey while in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers.
Jayanti received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2011 from University of Florida. Upon acceptance she was granted a fellowship to study photography and work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Art and Art History graduate program. She was the sole recipient of this award as well as the Dennis and Colette Campay Scholarship in 2011. Jayanti earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000, where she received the T.C. Colley Award and Scholarship. In 2010, Jayanti became a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), a court appointed advocate representing children's rights in the foster care system in Alachua County and created the experimental film and installation titled, “Docket”, featuring monologues of former foster care children and GAL volunteers to heighten awareness about abuses frequently occurring in the child welfare system. The film was screened at the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida and the Alachua County Partnership for Strong Families in Florida and the corresponding video installation was exhibited at University Gallery in Gainesville Florida in 2011.