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Defying Stereotypes (02:00)


"In the Making" host Sean O’Neill interviews multimedia artist Divya Mehra, who uses humor to explore themes of race and representation. Her work has earned her a Sobey Art Award, and she has been commissioned to create a cover for the spring issue of Canadian Art.

East India Company (06:42)

At her mother’s restaurant, Mehra discusses her childhood obsession with comic books, her decision to pursue art, and her father’s death. Her cover image for Canadian Art is inspired by Nickelodeon’s “You Can’t Do That on Television.”

Return to India (07:56)

Mehra discusses the text-based work she created for Canadian Art and what it means to be a difficult person. She and O’Neill travel to Delhi where the artist will work on a new film and sculpture. She discusses being a racialized person.

Bouncy House Wonder (04:55)

Mehra, O’Neill, and filmmaker Rhayne Vermette travel to Agra. Mehra’s inflatable replica of the Taj Mahal is her reaction to one of the Seven Wonders of the World being reduced to a backdrop for selfies.

Credits: In the Making: Part 8 (00:34)

Credits: In the Making: Part 8

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Divya Mehra's work addresses the construct of diversity, racism, and the effects of colonialism. Host Sean O’Neill meets Divya in Winnipeg, Manitoba as she creates a new work to be featured on the cover of Canadian Art Magazine, and travels with her to Delhi, India, where she initiates two major new projects. The first is a film that reflects directly on her experiences as a member of the Indian diaspora living and working in the Canadian prairies; and the second is a major new sculpture, a bouncy castle version of the Taj Mahal, which will be featured in a forthcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Divya's refusal to be reduced to stereotypical narratives derived from her cultural identity impacted the making of the documentary, and Divya’s own footage and reflections on the process of being filmed and framed by the crew are interjected into the episode itself.

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL190439

Copyright date: ©2018

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