Divya Mehra, Without You I’m Nothing (Eating the Other), 2014

Statement
"fucking was a way to confront the Other, as well as a way to make themselves over, to leave behind white “innocence” and enter the world of “experience." – bell hooks

About the Artist:
Divya Mehra (MFA Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.) Mehra’s research-fueled practice often explores marginalization, otherness and the empty promise of diversity. Through appropriating, editing and reassembling a variety of literary, comedic and musical sources, she creates an acerbic dialogue on the commandeering, consumption and construction of race and identity politics. Often foregrounding the ongoing struggle with her personal diasporic identity and cultural expectations, she calls into question our unexamined beliefs. Mehra’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions and screenings across North America and overseas, most notably with Creative Time, MoMA PS1, MTV, and The Queens Museum of Art (New York), MASS MoCA (North Adams), Artspeak (Vancouver), Georgia Scherman Projects, and The Images Festival (Toronto), The Beijing 798 Biennale (Beijing), Bielefelder Kunstverein (Bielefeld), and Latitude 28 (Delhi). Over the last year, Mehra has been long listed for the Sobey Art Award, and received a Manitoba Arts Council Major Arts Grant, Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant and been the first recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council New York Residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, New York. Mehra’s work has appeared in print and online through: The New York Times, Art in America, whitewall Magazine, Vogue India, Momus, Border Crossings Magazine, Hyperallergic, Blouin Art Info, BlackFlash Magazine, and Canadian Art. Mehra is represented in Toronto by Georgia Scherman Projects and currently divides her time between Winnipeg, Delhi, and New York.

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