Divya Mehra
Without You I’m Nothing (Eating the Other), 2015, Neon sculpture, 106.68 x 106.68 x 7.62 cm
Collection of the Royal Bank of Canada
Photo: Karen Asher

Working in a variety of mediums, Divya Mehra addresses the effects of colonization and institutional racism, re-contextualizing references found in hip hop, literature and current affairs. Mehra’s practice explores diasporic identities, racialization, otherness and the construct of “diversity.”

Her work has been featured many exhibitions and screenings, notably with Creative Time, MoMA PS1, MTV, and the Queens Museum (New York), MASS MoCA (North Adams), Artspeak (Vancouver), the Images Festival (Toronto), the Beijing 798 Biennale, Bielefelder Kunstverein, and Latitude 28 (Delhi). Mehra holds an MFA from Columbia University and is represented in Toronto by Georgia Scherman Projects. She divides her time between Winnipeg, Delhi and New York.

There are Greater Tragedies, 2014, 70-denier high-tenacity nylon, 91.44 x 182.88 cm
Photo: Georgia Scherman Projects

The Sobey Art Award is the pre-eminent prize for Canadian artists 40 and under. Presented annually, the award celebrates some of our country’s most exciting young artists and provides significant financial recognition. This year it will present $100,000 in prize money — including a top prize of $50,000 for the winner. Each of the four finalists will receive $10,000, and the other long-listed artists will receive $500 each.

Works of art by the Sobey Art Award winner and four finalists are presented in a group exhibition that this year will be on view at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Sure to fascinate, challenge and inspire, this presentation is an opportunity to experience the newest and best of Canadian contemporary art.

The 2017 Sobey Art Award Gala will take place on 25 October at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. On this special evening, artists, curators, donors and other members of the Canadian art world gather to celebrate the shortlisted artists and announce this year’s winner of the Sobey Art Award.

I am the American Dream (still just a Paki), 2010, 1987 Gold Jaguar Vanden Plas, 190.5 x 487.7 x 101.6 c,
Photo: Larry Glawson, exhibition Turf Wars at Platform Gallery



Divya Mehra