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Joni Low

Joni Low is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in exhibition catalogues and in publications such as Yishu, Ricepaper, Fillip and C Magazine. She is interested in the relationships between visual art and language, and in art that exists outside the context of conventional exhibition spaces—art that continues to de-stabilize and create new understandings of the contemporary experience.

Exhibitions

  • The Party is Over

    DIVYA MEHRA
    November 26–January 28, 2012

    Divya Mehra, The Party is Over, Street View

    Divya Mehra, I will split up my Father's empire (after N.W.A.),, 2011. Neon sculpture, 45 x 57 x 4 in

    Divya Mehra, The Party is Over, Installation View

    Divya Mehra, Here's to Us (Who wore it best?), 2011. Fake silver watch set to Pakistan Standard Time, 2.25 x 12 cm

    Divya Mehra, Here's to Us (Who wore it best?), 2011. Fake gold watch set to Indian Time, 2.25 x 12 cm

    Divya Mehra, For Bapu (posthumous overture), 2011. Live performance by cellist, mahogany British parlour circa 1890, speakers, dimensions variable

    Divya Mehra, The Pleasure of Hating, 2011. Digital C-Print, 22.5 x 31 cm

    Divya Mehra, They've burst your pretty balloon, 2011. Digital C-Print on cardstock, infinite edition, 5.5 x 5.5 cm

    Divya Mehra, There's just not enough to go around, 2011. White cake with fruit, custard filling and whipped topping, mahogany British parlour table circa 1890, dimensions variable

    Divya Mehra, There's just not enough to go around, 2011. White cake with fruit, custard filling and whipped topping, mahogany British parlour table circa 1890, dimensions variable

    Divya Mehra, Your Turn Next (You've Got the Juice Now), 2011. Off-site aerial advertising, red nylon sailcloth, 60 x 1080 cm

    Divya Mehra, Your Turn Next (You've Got the Juice Now), 2011. Off-site aerial advertising, red nylon sailcloth, 60 x 1080 cm

    Divya Mehra’s practice draws from experiences of displacement, cultural conventions, and hybridization, infusing a biting wit in the execution of her projects. Connecting political and religious icons with popular hip-hop culture, Mehra examines cross-cultural appropriations and the parallels between family tension and nationalistic conflict. Her work investigates the construction and misrepresentation of cultural identity while making reference to layered divisions and the disparity and exploitation of power. Engaging with decay, excess, and failed celebration, Mehra will present an exhibition comprised of new sculptural and photographic work and a performance by a local gospel choir.

    Postscript 44: Joni Low on The Party is Over (PDF)

Publications

  • Quit India

     

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    Title: Quit India: Divya Mehra
    Category: Catalogue
    Writers: J.J. Kegan McFadden, Kim Nguyen, Amy Fung, Natasha Bissonauth, Kendra Place
    Editors: Derek Dunlop, Jessica Antony
    Design: Lauren Wickware
    Publisher: Platform, Artspeak
    Printer: Friesens
    Year published: 2013
    Edition: 200
    Pages: 80pp
    Cover: Cloth
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: Gold foil on brown cloth covers and spine
    Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 1 cm
    Weight: 216 g
    ISBN: 978-0-9697675-8-9
    Cost: $9

    Published in collaboration with Platform (Winnipeg), Quit, India, documents and elaborates upon Divya Mehra’s two solo exhibitions : The Party is Over, presented at Artspeak in 2011 and Turf War presented at Platform in 2010.