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  • Natasha Bissonauth

  • Amy Fung

  • 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.

  • J.J. Kegan McFadden

    An active writer, curator, and artist, J.J. Kegan McFadden is a graduate from the Critical and Curatorial Studies program in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia (2007) and since graduating has held the position of Director/Curator at PLATFORM. McFadden has organized exhibitions and screenings across Canada and internationally, most notably as part of the Prairie Scene produced through the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, where he curated Quelle Derive: le possible et le Reel de Winnipeg for the artist-run centre, Axe Neo 7 (2011); the double-bill in Regina of As the Sidewalk Bleeds at The Dunlop Art Gallery and Cabin Fever at neutral ground contemporary art forum (2011); and the touring thirty-year survey, 27 x Doug: Portraits by Larry Glawson (2010–2011).

  • Divya Mehra

    Mehra is a multimedia artist who holds an MFA from Columbia University (New York), and a BFA (Honours) from the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. Her work has been included in a number of exhibitions and screenings across North America and overseas, including the Queens Museum and Lincoln Center (NY), BRIC Contemporary (Brooklyn), PLATFORM: centre for photographic + digital arts and Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), The Images Festival and A Space (Toronto), Groupe Intervention Vidèo (Montrèal), The Beijing 798 Biennale (Beijing, China), and Gallery OED (Cochin, India). In 2012, Mehra will create new work for the exhibition, Oh Canada commissioned by MASS MoCA . This is her first solo exhibition in Vancouver.

  • Kim Nguyen

    Director/Curator of Artspeak 2011–2016.

  • Kendra Place

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.

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