Tag Archives: Smriti Mehra

Underpinnings: Anna Leonowens Gallery

Shaai/Ink” – a short video that I created with Smriti Mehra will be showing at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia between 21 November – 1 December 2017.

Underpinnings: 130 Years of NSCAD
NSCAD Biennial Alumni Exhibition
Curated by Tori Fleming

Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1891 Granville St, Halifax, Nova Scotia. B3J 3J6

This year marks 130 years since Anna Leonowens first opened the Victoria School of Art in 1887. Since then, NSCAD has maintained its reputation as one the most influential art schools under many names, locations and presidents. NSCAD has provided the educational underpinnings for the studio practice of numerous significant Canadian artists, cultural workers, and creative thinkers.

For the 2017 Alumni Biennial, the NSCAD Alumni Association invited former students to reflect on the core values and pedagogy that have created the legacy for which NSCAD is known. Coordinated by NSCAD alumna Tori Fleming, this large, salon-style exhibition includes work by more than 100 alumni artists and designers.


The Bangalore Hunt, 2016


The Bangalore Hunt, 2016

Smriti Mehra, Matt Lee

Through photography, audio and text, this project shows the physical and mental journey of newly released laboratory rescue beagles and documents the search for suitable homes for them. The project offers a perspective on the use of these hounds in the present day context of Bangalore.

The series of photographs depict the arrival of the beagles at the rescue centre as they are let out of cages for the first time.

The audio piece is a conversation between a CUPA volunteer and a potential ‘pet parent’. It explains the process for adoption as well as the various problems these beagles face in adapting to their new home.

The text displayed on screen is an email sent to unsuitable candidates, which lists the reasons for their rejection.



10th -12th June, 2016
Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore

The exhibits of The Bangalore Hunt included new creative work by artists who work at the Srishti Institute of Art, design and Technology, Bangalore. The art work is based on a small private archive of photographs, newspaper cuttings, annotations, letters and postcards that belonged to Stephen Simon Simmons, who was posted in Bangalore in the 1930’s. Mostly a document of the Bangalore Hunt, this collection reflects a leisure time activity for the British, who were once stationed in Bangalore’s Cantonment.

The participant artists included Raghavendra Rao, Suresh Kumar, Amitabh Kumar, Abhishek Hazra, Arnab Basu, Yashas Shetty, Alison Byrnes, Leslie Johnson, Smriti Mehra, Matt Lee, Rakhi Peswani, Pooja Kaul, Aditi Banerjee, Ayisha Abraham. The artists responded with their own images, performance, audio and video, to bring alive a collection that can at best be described historically as a strange moment in time. The new work addressed themes found in the images, such as the shift from hunting on the pastoral rural landscape, toward land-as-real estate, in today’s time, among others.

The exhibition was curated by Alison Byrnes and Ayisha Abraham.


An Artistic Hunt – Deccan Herald (13.06.2016)Deccan Herald

Bangalore Hunt – Bangalore MirrorBangalore Mirror

Now Showing


Now Showing. Semester Two, 2013–2014

Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

Rex cinema is an old landmark of Brigade Road, Bangalore. Built in the 1940’s, it is among a handful of single screen cinemas that still stand in the city as most have now given way to multiplex theater chains. Bangalore has changed dramatically in the last two decades and landmarks that were integral to the identity of the city have been lost.

The aim of the Now Showing project at Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology has been to document the living history and collective memory of Rex cinema – to capture its glory and celebrate the space that is now slated for redevelopment. Facilitated by Smriti Mehra and me, this site-specific art project created a platform for contemplating the present reality of Bangalore in its current state of flux.

This project allowed students to locate their storytelling interests within the space as well as develop their art practice and approach to medium and material. The project began with an immersion into the space and an introduction to its network of people. Locating ourselves at the cinema enabled us to facilitate conversations with cinemagoers, staff, stakeholders, artists and scholars about Rex as well as the city in transition.

Through an understanding of context and a consolidation of initial practice-led research, students were able to develop written proposals for a personal project. In following individual lines of inquiry, students unearthed testimonies and stories around this public space and incorporated their own personal reflections and critical points of view. With the intention of furthering these discussions in the public domain, students created a range of site-specific artworks for an onsite exhibition that involved, photography, sound, image, text, video and sculpture.

Students: Adwait Pawar, Aishwarya Cariappa, Akshay Vashisht, Daniel Babu, Nihaal Faizal, Sachi Rawal, Veda Thozur Kolleri.
















Ink screening at no.w.here, London

As a part of Monitor 9, ‘Ink‘ will be screened at no.w.here in London on Wednesday 24th April 7PM – 9PM. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with panelists, including Sharlene Bamboat from SAVAC.

Local, hand drawn lithographic film posters contribute largely to the visual culture and character of the streets of Bangalore, India. ‘Ink’ is a peek into where these posters are made.

Mehra and Lee, both interact with Bangalore’s ever-changing, ever-growing residents with their multi-lingual, cultural, economic backgrounds. They serve as mapmakers; mapping the desires, hopes, needs, dreams and disparities of Bangalore, which is born out of a desire to establish reference points for personal memories.

In ‘Ink’, Smriti Mehra and Matt Lee modestly gesture towards creative resistance. Filming a commercial lithographic printing press in Bangalore for outlawed B-movie posters, Mehra and lee spotlight a simple act of defiance in the city’s underground distribution market. One after another, hand drawn lithographic film posts materialise. Opposition to existing laws is actively proclaimed, despite conservative state efforts to manage the cities visual landscape.

£3 no.w.here members, students, unemployed / £5 otherwise



Ink screening at MONITOR 9: New South Asian Short Film + Video

Ink‘, a short film that I made with artist Smriti Mehra is being screened at ‘Monitor 9: New South Asian Short Film & Video’ in Toronto.

Monitor 9 is an annual short film and video screening program that showcases new and innovative work by artists from Canada and internationally. Monitor 9 is a unique platform for independent work that brings together poignant films and videos that explore bodies in flow. Programmer Nahed Mansour, employs the notion of global flows, through which the artists negotiate various mediascapes, technoscapes, financescapes, ethnoscapes and ideoscapes in their work.

The program features works by Jude Anogwih (Nigeria), Kuljit Choohan (UK), soJin Chun (Canada), Ashim Halder Sagor (Bangladesh), Taiki Sakpisit (Thailand), Smriti Mehra & Matt Lee (India), Nguyen Tan Hoang (USA), Elisha Lim (Canada), Shreyasi Kar (India), Ahmed Faisan Naveed (Pakistan) and Pavitra Wickramasinghe (Canada).

Monitor 9 jury members include Renata Mohamed, Rehab Nazzal & Alexis Mitchell.

14 March, 2013. 7:30pm (doors 7pm).

Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto.

SAVAC Members: FREE / Students: $5 / Non-members: $10





‘Ink’ is a short film shot at one of Bangalore’s few remaining lithographic printers, by Smriti Mehra and myself. It currently features on SHORTSNONSTOP – a year-round online mobile film festival organised by the Canadian Film Centre.

City One Minutes at Lumineus Amersfoort


A one minute video I made in collaboration with artist Smriti Mehra for the City One Minutes foundation has been selected for a show at ‘Lumineus Amersfoort’ festival. From 11th November to 30th December 2009 the old town of Amersfoort, Netherlands, will be illuminated, accompanied by a city tour along 10 contemporary art works/ multimedia installations in public spaces. The One Minutes will show a selection of videos projected on the windows of two old houses. The locations are Lange Gracht and Havik. Lange Gracht can be seen on 10 November during the opening but the projection at location Havik will start only on 27 November.

The opening is Tuesday 10 November 2009 at 16.30 hrs. More information is available on www.lumineusamersfoort.nl

Our one minute video was shot between 6-7am at Bangalore city’s K.R flower market.