DIVYA MEHRA

1981
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Currently lives and works in Winnipeg, New York City, Dehli

Education

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

Forthcoming Exhibitions

2014  
Divya Mehra, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, ON, Canada (solo exhibition; 6 March – 12 April, 2014)
They Made A Day Be A Day Here curated by Amy Fung, School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada (Spring; group exhibition; catalogue)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012  
You Have to tell Them, I’m not a Racist, La Maison Des Artistes, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
2011  
The Party is Over, Artspeak, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2010  
Turf War., Platform: center for photographic + digital arts, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013  
They Made A Day Be A Day Here (tour), curated by Amy Fung, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie, AB, Canada; Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon, SK (catalogue)
The Least Orthodox Goddess, curated by Jasmine Wahi, Gallery 151, New York City, NY, USA
Salaam Bombay: Beauty & Chaos in the Urban Environment (tour), curated by Jasmine Wahi, Twelve Gates Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Art ASIA Miami, Miami, FL, USA
fast & dirty presents: Six Degrees, PLATFORM, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
2012  
Oh, Canada, curated by Denise Markonish, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, USA (commission; catalogue)
2011  
And the falchion passed through his neck…, curated by Jasmine Wahi, Latitude 28, New Delhi, India
Diasporaise, Articule, Montréal, PQ, Canada
2010  
Left, Aicon Gallery, New York City, NY, USA
Digression, Hendershot Gallery, New York City, NY, USA
Structures Within an Intervention, The Guild Gallery, New York City, NY, USA
A Wilder Gander, BRIC Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2009  
Domestic Policy, The Guild Gallery, New York City, NY, USA
Beijing 798 Biennale, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora (tour), Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, USA; Consulate General of India, New York City, NY, USA; Asian Contemporary Art Week, New York City, USA; Dowd Gallery, Cortland, NY, USA
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 City, NY, USA
2007  
21 (tour), A Space, Toronto, ON, Canada; Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Canada; Paved Arts, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
In The Blink of An Eye, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
2006  
Photophobia 8, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Selected Screenings

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

Selected Commissions  

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

Selected Publications
 
2014
Quit, India. Winnipeg, Derek Dunlop. MB: PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts.
2013
They made a day be a day here. Amy Fung. Grande Prairie, AB: Art Gallery of Grande Prairie; Mednel 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

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

Selected Grants/Awards

2013  
Sobey Art Award, longlist
2012  
The Banf Centre, Brenda & Jamie Mackie Fellowship
Winnipeg Arts Council, Travel Grant
2011  
Manitoba Arts Council, Travel Grant
Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant
2010  
Winnipeg Foundation, Commissioning Grant
2009  
Winnipeg Arts Council, Commissioning Grant
2007  
Columbia University, Merit Scholarship
Columbia University, Dean’s Fellowship
Ellen Gelman, Endowed Fellopship
Manitoba Arts Council, Grant
2006  
Columbia University, Merit Scholarship
Columbia University, Dean’s Fellowhsip
Lil Wallace Reader’s Digest, Endowed Scholarship
Winnipeg Arts Council, Commissioning Grant
Manitoba Arts Council, Grant
2005  
National Film Board of Canada, Reel Diversity Film Grant

Selected Lectures/Talks


2012  
Creative Time, MoMA PS1, MTV, “Art Breaks discussion & screening”, New York City, NY, USA
Parsons The New School for Design, “Advanced Projects, Studio Class, Artist Talk”, New York City, NY, USA
2011  
ArtSpeak, “Artist discussion with Randy Lee Cutler”, Vancouver, BC Canada
2010  
South Asian Visual Arts Centre, “Monitor 6: Panel Discussion: Richard Fung, Roger Sinha, Bivya Mehra”, Toronto, ON, Canada
2009  

South Asian Women’s Creative Collection, “Domestic Policy: Panel Discussion”
   

Divya Mehra

Pouring Water
on a Drowning Man


March 6 - April 12, 2014

Opening reception Mar 6, 6-8pm
SELECTED WORKS
INSTALLATION
PRESS
CURRICULUM VITAE