Jegan Vincent de Paul was born in Tamil Eelam. His family migrated to India in 1986, during the civil war in Sri Lanka, and then settled in Canada a year later. He currently lives in the United States.
Studying western art and architecture at the University of Toronto, Jegan received a B.A. in 2003. He is trained as an architect at the University of Toronto, where he received an MArch in 2007. From 2007-2009 Jegan studied at MIT’s Visual Arts Program, receiving a Master of Science in Visual Studies.
Jegan has worked as researcher and designer in various capacities around the world: including for internationally known artist Ai Weiwei in Bejing and the prominent architecture firm LOT-EK in New York City.
In 2009, Jegan co-founded Counter, an agency to frame, amplify and transmit culture. As part of Counter, Jegan produced projects for a number of artists and organizations such as Voices Beyond Walls, Nakba Archive, the MIT Museum, and the MIT School of Engineering.
Jegan was a research fellow at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) from 2010-2011 where he conducted research on energy—viewing “energy” not as a commodity, but as a socio-economic network.
Jegan writes for critical.org, a blog he co-founded on art, media and politics; and he is currently a lecturer in MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) teaching “Creative Responses to Conflict and Crisis.”