DIVYA MEHRA

1981    Born in Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Currently lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada - New York, USA - Delhi, India
                 
          
Education

2008    Master of Fine Arts, Columbia University, New York, USA
2005    Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

 

Forthcoming Exhibitions

2016    The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada (solo exhibition; September)
           Confederation Center of the Arts, Charlottetown, Canada (solo exhibition)
2015    Streaming, Schleifmühlgasse, Vienna, Austria

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015    Between Us, The Banff Centre Banff, Canada, Installation
Without You I’m Nothing (Eating the Other), Window, Winnipeg, Canada
2014    Pouring Water on a Drowning Man, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, Canada
2012    You Have to tell Them, I’m not a Racist, La Maison des artistes, Winnipeg, Canada
2011    The Party is Over, Artspeak, Vancouver, Canada
2010    Turf War, PLATFORM: centre for photographic + digital arts, Winnipeg, Canada

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015    A Putting Down of Roots, curated by Kegan McFadden, Gallery 1C03 at The University of Winnipeg, MB, Canada
           Custom Made / Tsitslem te stem te ck’ultens-kuc, curated by Tania Willard, Kamloops Art Gallery, BC, Canada
           A Curious Blindness, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA
Oh, Canada, curated by Denise Markonish, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada (commission; catalogue; tour)
Exercises for Precarious Living, V-Tape, Toronto, Canada
Between Us, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada (group exhibition; 11 February)
2014    Tragedy Plus Time, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Canada
Oh, Canada, curated by Denise Markonish, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada (commission; catalogue; tour)
They Made A Day Be A Day Here, curated by Amy Fung, School of Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada (catalogue; tour)
  Emerald City, The Gateway Center, Newark, NJ, USA
  Tragedy Plus Time,Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Canada
  I never asked to be a role model, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, Canada
You Can’t Win Them All, Ladies & Gentlemen, Winnipeg Library Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
2013    They Made A Day Be A Day Here, curated by Amy Fung, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie, AB, Canada; Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, Canada (catalogue; tour)
           The Least Orthodox Goddess, curated by Jasmine Wahi, Gallery 151, New York, USA
           Salaam Bombay: Beauty & Chaos in the Urban Environment, curated by Jasmine Wahi, Twelve Gates Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Art ASIA Miami, USA (tour)
fast & dirty presents: Six Degrees, PLATFORM: centre for photographic + digital arts, Winnipeg, Canada
2012    Oh, Canada, curated by Denise Markonish, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, USA (commission; catalogue; tour)
2011    And the falchion passed through his neck…, curated by Jasmine Wahi, Latitude 28, New Delhi, India
           Diasporaise, Articule, Montreal, Canada
2010    Left, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA
           Digression, Hendershot Gallery, New York, USA
           Structures Within an Intervention, The Guild Gallery, New York, USA
           A Wilder Gander, BRIC Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, USA
2009    Domestic Policy, The Guild Gallery, New York, USA
           Beijing 798 Biennale, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
           Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, USA; Consulate General of India, New York, USA; Asian Contemporary Art Week, New York, USA; Dowd Gallery, Cortland, NY, USA (tour)
           I Have Not Painted In A Year, The Suburban, Chicago, IL, USA
           SMITHUMENTA, Bond Street Studio, Brooklyn, NY, USA
           Wonder What The Others Are Up To? Gallery OED, Cochin, India
2008    The New Academy, Robert Lehman Art Center, Brooks School, North Andover, MA, USA
           The Leisure Suite, The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA
2007    21, A Space, Toronto, Canada; Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Canada; Paved Arts, Saskatoon, SK, Canada (tour)
           In The Blink of An Eye, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
2006    Photophobia 8, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, Canada

 

Selected Screenings

2014    Disfiguring Identity: Art, Migration and Exile Symposium, Surrey Art Gallery Surrey, BC, Canada
           The Real Academy Leader, Adere and Deny, Winnipeg, Canada
2013    New Prairie Cinema & WNDX Collective, Cinémathèque québéçoise, Montreal, Canada
2012    Subjective Projections, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany
2011    DIASPORASIE, articule, Montréal, Canada
           SHIFT – Electronic Arts Festival, SHIFT Concert Hall, Basel, Switzerland
2010    Monitor, Cinematheque, Winnipeg, Canada
           Vidéos de femmes dans le parc, GIV, Montreal, Canada
           Monitor 6, National Film Board Mediatheque, Toronto, Canada
           Beautiful Dreamers, Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
2009    Brooklyn is Burning, Monkey Town, Brooklyn, NY, USA
           Escape, Smart Projects Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Harvestworks DMAC, New York, USA; Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, NS, Canada; Gallery Homeland, Portalnd, OR, USA; Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (tour)
2008    Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, ON, Canada
           Vidéos de femmes dans le parc, GIV, Montreal, Canada
           Images Festival, Joseph Workman Theatre, Toronto, Canada
           Posers: Performing A Fictional Self for Video, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, NL, Canada
           Camera Free Screening, Cinematheque, Winnipeg, Canada
2007    Divya Mehra: Video Works 2002-2007, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada
2006    Photophobia 8, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, Canada
           Divya Mehra: Video Works 2002-2006, colourschool, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

 

Selected Residencies

2015    Confederation Center of the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
2014    International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY. USA

 

Selected Commissions 

2013    Stockpile, Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada
2012    Art Breaks, Creative Time, MoMA PS1, MTV, MTV Networks Worldwide
2009    Reply-All, Art Metropole & SAVAC, Toronto, Canada

 

Selected Publications
 
2013    Quit, India. Winnipeg, Derek Dunlop. MB: PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts.
           They made a day be a day here. Amy Fung. Grande Prairie, AB: Art Gallery of Grande Prairie; Mendel Art Gallery; University of Manitoba, School of Art Gallery. Print.
2012    Oh, Canada: contemporary art from North North America. Denise Maskonish. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

 

Selected Reviews/Interviews

2015    Cottingham, Steven.“Divya Mehra and Talk Is Cheap: Our Broken Tongues” Canadian Art, 29 April, Web
2014    Hampton, John G. “Culturally Contentious” Magenta Magazine, Fall/Winter, Vol 5, No. 3. Web
Hoekstra, Aryen, “Pouring Water on a Downing Man”, Review, Border Crossings Magazine, Fall, Issue 131, Winnipeg, Canada
Cooley, Alison. “They Made a Day Be a Day Here: Prairie Positive” Canadian Art, 16 January, Web
2013    Enright, Robert. “The Success of Failure.” Border Crossings Magazine, Spring, Issue 125, p. 19. Print
Henry, Joseph. “Divya Mehra on “Quit, India” and Her Dark Comedy” Blouin Artinfo. 16 October. Web
Jablon, Samuel. “Divya Mehra’s Tragicomedy of Failure.” Hyperallergic, 3 October. Web
Gazzola, Bart. “Silent Pictures” Planet S. 12December. Web
Higgins, Michelle. “Oh, The Range!” Showcasing the unplainness of Prairie art.” Flaire Magazine, p. 138, October, Print
Lazowski, Anna. “Two Winnipeg artists nominated for Sobey Art Award.” CBC Scene, Winnipeg, Canada, 22 April
           Donoghue, Katy. “Artist to Watch.” WhiteWall Magazine, New York, USA, Spring
           Lynch, Sophie. “Stockpile Sinks Claws Into Art & Commerce,” Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada, 2 July
           Khan, Suhair. “Artists Breaking Out.” Vogue India, Delhi, India, 2 April
           Cembalest, Robin. “Them’s the Breaks.” ARTnews, New York, USA, 8 January
2012    Boucher, Brian. “MTV Unveils New Art Breaks Videos.” Art in America, New York, USA, 15 November
           Fung, Amy. “Reviews: The Party is Over.” Canadian Art Magazine, Toronto, Canada, Vol. 29, No 1, Spring
           McFadden, J.J. Kegan. “Crossovers – Oh Canada.” Border Crossings Magazine, Fall, p. 103-106. Print
Mayes, Alison. “Artist Divya Mehra uses humour to ‘cut a tense situation’.” Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Canada, 31 March
           Leyden Cochrane, Steven. “Playing the race card (and winning)” Uptown Magazine, Winnipeg, Canada, 16 February
           Griffin, Kevin. “Divya Mehra: Gandhi Meets N.W.A.” Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, Canada, 12 February
2011    Gillmor, Alison. “Of Interest: Turf War.” BlackFlash Magazine, Regina, SK, Canada, Issue 28.2, Winter
           Matharu, Pamila. “Knee Deep in Multi-Culti Splendour.” The Art Gallery of York University Studio Blog, Toronto, Canada, Winter
2010    Eyland, Cliff. “2010 CRITICS’ PICKS.” Akimblog, Toronto, Canada, Winter, 14 December
           Bissonauth, Natasha. “Both Teams Cannot Win.” Cmagazine, Toronto, Canada, Issue 108, Winter
           Gillmor, Alison. “Artist Makes Political Point in a Big, Big Way.” Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Canada, September
           Moore, Sandee. “Divya Mehra is the Real Deal.” Uptown Magazine, Winnipeg, Canada, Fall
2009    Duff, Stacey. “Three to See.” Time Out Beijing, Beijing, China, Fall
           Dempsey, Shawna. “The Importance of Being Divya.” No More Potlucks Online Print Journal, Toronto, Canada, Issue 2, February
           Bruchanski, Rhonda. “CBC Artspots.” CBC Television, Winnipeg, Canada, Winter

 

Selected Grants/Awards

2014    Sobey Art Award, longlist, Canada
Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant
Manitoba Arts Council, Major Arts Grant, Canada
Manitoba Arts Council, Brooklyn Visual Arts Residency, Canada
Manitoba Arts Council, Travel Grant, Canada
2013    Sobey Art Award, longlist, Canada
2012    The Banff Centre, Brenda & Jamie Mackie Fellowship, Canada
           Winnipeg Arts Council, Travel Grant, Canada
2011    Manitoba Arts Council, Travel Grant, Canada
           Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant
2010    Winnipeg Foundation, Commissioning Grant, Canada
2009    Winnipeg Arts Council, Commissioning Grant, Canada
2007    Columbia University, Merit Scholarship, USA
           Columbia University, Dean’s Fellowship, USA
           Ellen Gelman, Endowed Fellowship, USA
           Manitoba Arts Council, Grant, Canada
2006    Columbia University, Merit Scholarship, USA
           Columbia University, Dean’s Fellowship, USA
           Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest, Endowed Scholarship, Canada
           Winnipeg Arts Council, Commissioning Grant, Canada
           Manitoba Arts Council, Grant, Canada
2005    National Film Board of Canada, Reel Diversity Film Grant
Selected Lectures/Talks

 
2014    NSCAD University, Visiting Artist Lectures, Artist Talk, Halifax, NS, Canada
Dunlop Art Gallery, in context of the exhibition Tragedy Plus Time, Regina, SK, Canada
2012    Creative Time, MoMA PS1, MTV, “Art Breaks discussion & screening”, New York, USA
           Parsons The New School for Design, “Advanced Projects, Studio Class, Artist Talk”, New York, USA
2011    ArtSpeak, “Artist discussion with Randy Lee Cutler”, Vancouver, Canada
2010    South Asian Visual Arts Centre, “Monitor 6: Panel Discussion: Richard Fung, Roger Sinha, Bivya Mehra”, Toronto, Canada
2009  South Asian Women’s Creative Collection, “Domestic Policy: Panel Discussion”

 
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Divya Mehra

 

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