Smriti Mehra is a video artist [based in Bangalore (India)] who completed her MFA in Media Art from NSCAD University at Halifax in Canada. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Centre for Experimental Media Art and she also teaches at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology where she studied as an undergraduate.
Interacting with Bangalore’s ever-changing, ever-growing residents with their multi- lingual, cultural, economic backgrounds she has had to become a mapmaker of sorts. Mapping the desires, hopes, needs, dreams and disparities of this city from her particular vantage point has been born out of a desire to establish reference points for her own personal memories.
Smriti’s more recent pre-occupation has been with flowers and tracing their journeys. In doing so she uncovers the economic, aesthetic, emotional and transcendental spaces they occupy. The trail also acquaints us with the plethora of people whose hands they pass through and their rituals of labour.
At present she is working on a project that looks at pig farming and the use of pig meat in much the same way that flowers are used in spaces of ritual.
Her video works have played at many festivals including ‘Voices from the Waters’ in Bangalore, ‘The Images Festival’ in Toronto, the ‘Made in Video’ festival in Denmark, ‘Monitor’ & in Toronto, and ‘Images De l Inde’ at the Centre Pompidou in France.
Photography Copyright: Ronan Haughton.
Text: Smriti Mehra