|Education||Columbia University, University of Manitoba|
|Known for||Multimedia 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 and her BFA (Honors) in Visual Arts from the University of Manitoba School of Art in Winnipeg.
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," 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."
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."
Mehra’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including with Creative Time, MoMA PS1, The Queens Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, Banff Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia, Artspeak, Georgia Scherman Projects, Kamloops Art Gallery, The Images Festival, The Beijing 798 Biennale (Beijing), and Latitude 28.
- Divya Mehra Undoes White on White. Canadian Art. by Vidal Wu (2017)
- Pouring Water on a Drowning Man. Winnipeg: As We Try and Sleep Press, 2014.
- Quit, India. Winnipeg: PLATFORM, 2013.
- "Divya Mehra on "Quit, India" and Her Dark Comedy | Artinfo". Artinfo. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- "Artist Divya Mehra uses humour 'to cut a tense situation'". www.winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- "Divya Mehra | Artspeak". Retrieved 2019-02-28.
- "Why Divya Mehra didn't want In the Making to shoot footage of the Taj Mahal | CBC Arts". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
- Vidal Wu (21 September 2017). "Divya Mehra Undoes White on White". Canadianart.ca. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
- Cottingham, Steven (April 29, 2015). "Divya Mehra and Talk Is Cheap: Our Broken Tongues". Canadian Art.
- "Win Last, Don't Care". Art Gallery of Ontario. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
- "Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT". Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
- Gallery, Kamloops Art. "AlterNation". Kamloops Art Gallery. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
- "Women Dominate Sobey Art Award Shortlist for First Time Ever". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
- "The Prairies & North - Divya Mehra". Cbc.ca. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
- "Divya Mehra Undoes White on White". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
- Mehra, Divya (2014). Pouring Water on a Drowning Man. As We Try and Sleep Press. ISBN 9780978394684.
- Divya, Mehra (2014-01-01). "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man". e-artexte.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- "QUIT, INDIA. | Platform Centre". platformgallery.org. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- Mehra, Divya (2013). Quit, India. Winnipeg: PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts. ISBN 978-0-9697675-8-9.