Divya Mehra

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Divya Mehra
EducationColumbia University, University of Manitoba
Known forMultimedia Artworks

Divya Mehra is a Canadian artist.


Divya Mehra received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University School of the Arts in New York[1] and her BFA (Honors) in Visual Arts from the University of Manitoba School of Art in Winnipeg.[2]


Divya Mehra, Dangerous Women (Blaze of Glory), 2017, digital image. This work is the inaugural Art+Feminism Call to Action Art Commission.

Mehra works with ideas of otherness, the construction of race and diversity, and marginalization. With a multimedia practice that encompasses installation, photography, video, sculpture, and text and "infus[es] a biting wit,"[3] Mehra references East/West, high and low culture, and the personal and political to call attention to issues surrounding gender, race, and identity. About her own work, Mehra said, "How can I have a conversation about something as complex as race and representation? If you...joke about it, I think it creates a space for a lot of people to enter and then think about what they're laughing at."[4]

In her 2012/2017 exhibition You have to tell Them, I’m not a Racist, Mehra installed over 25 text based works that addressed issues of race, and representation. The text works appeared in English, Hindi, and French. Her white-on-white wall textwork "resists easy consumption by straining the eye, forcing the viewer to experience a prolonged, conscious discomfort."[5]


Mehra’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including with Creative Time, MoMA PS1, The Queens Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, Banff Centre[6], Art Gallery of Ontario,[7] Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia[8], Artspeak[3], Georgia Scherman Projects, Kamloops Art Gallery[9], The Images Festival, The Beijing 798 Biennale (Beijing), and Latitude 28.



  • Divya Mehra Undoes White on White. Canadian Art. by Vidal Wu (2017)[12]
  • Pouring Water on a Drowning Man. Winnipeg: As We Try and Sleep Press, 2014.[13][14]
  • Quit, India. Winnipeg: PLATFORM, 2013.[15][16]


  1. ^ "Divya Mehra on "Quit, India" and Her Dark Comedy | Artinfo". Artinfo. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  2. ^ "Artist Divya Mehra uses humour 'to cut a tense situation'". www.winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  3. ^ a b "Divya Mehra | Artspeak". Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  4. ^ "Why Divya Mehra didn't want In the Making to shoot footage of the Taj Mahal | CBC Arts". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  5. ^ Vidal Wu (21 September 2017). "Divya Mehra Undoes White on White". Canadianart.ca. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  6. ^ Cottingham, Steven (April 29, 2015). "Divya Mehra and Talk Is Cheap: Our Broken Tongues". Canadian Art.
  7. ^ "Win Last, Don't Care". Art Gallery of Ontario. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  8. ^ "Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT". Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  9. ^ Gallery, Kamloops Art. "AlterNation". Kamloops Art Gallery. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  10. ^ "Women Dominate Sobey Art Award Shortlist for First Time Ever". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  11. ^ "The Prairies & North - Divya Mehra". Cbc.ca. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Divya Mehra Undoes White on White". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  13. ^ Mehra, Divya (2014). Pouring Water on a Drowning Man. As We Try and Sleep Press. ISBN 9780978394684.
  14. ^ Divya, Mehra (2014-01-01). "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man". e-artexte.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  15. ^ "QUIT, INDIA. | Platform Centre". platformgallery.org. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  16. ^ Mehra, Divya (2013). Quit, India. Winnipeg: PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts. ISBN 978-0-9697675-8-9.

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