Smriti Mehra

visual artist, independent filmmaker, faculty

Level
Mid Level
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Projects

About me

I am a practicing artist and educator from India. Interacting with Bangalore’s ever changing, ever-growing residents with their multi-lingual, cultural, economic backgrounds, she has become a mapmaker of sorts. The idea of mapping the desires, hopes, needs, dreams and disparities of this city from my particular vantage point has been born out of my desire to establish reference points for my own personal memories. As a video artist, I am both a purveyor of information, and a storyteller, and like the mapmaker challenged by taking the mundane and everyday, and unraveling and reassembling these details into visible intricacies. I have a background in Communication Design from the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in India and I earned an MFA from NSCAD University in Canada.

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Skills

  • Creative Documentary
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Contemporary Arts
  • Contemporary Craft
  • Graphic Desgin
  • Artist Interviews
  • Creative Writing
  • Video Editiing
  • Visual Merchandising

Companies I’ve worked with

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    She Who Knits

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      Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

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        Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India

        Work history

        Currently

        Co-founder

        She Who Knits

        May 2010
        • Bengaluru, India
        • Freelance
        • Created the Brand, Develop New Products and Ranges, Graphic Design (logo, visiting cards, tags, catalogue etc.) co-facilitate Online Marketing and Online Sales, Visual Merchandising and Exhibition Display, Managing Exhibition Sales and Advising Customers

        2016

        Aug 2011 - Jun 2016
        • Bengaluru, India
        • Full Time
        • Head-of Program of the Open Pathway in Extending & Developing Practice of the Advanced Diploma Program. Helped set up Srishti’s entry into postgraduate studies through the Advanced Diploma in Art and Design Practice. Collaborated in building its pedagogical base to scale the program to what is now called the Postgraduate Program at Srishti. As Program Head for the Open Pathway I offered a mentorship model within an interdisciplinary framework of learning.

        2017

        Jun 2008 - Sep 2017
        • Bengaluru, India
        • Full Time
        • Scripting, shooting and editing independent video art projects towards developing my practice as an artist. • Subjects include: Water, Floriculture, Manual labour • Exhibited at various art galleries, museums and film festivals around the world • Presented at Conferences: ‘Mediating Modernities’ organised by Malmo University. ‘Invisible Girl’ at Umeå University, Sweden, ‘Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalising World’ at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

        2017

        Jun 2008 - Sep 2017
        • Bengaluru, India
        • Full Time
        • Tought undergraduate and postgraduate courses in art practice. Courses/projects include: Creative Writing and Reading Video, Indtroduction into Video Art, Public Space and Pedagogy, Now Showing - a project exploring the living history of Rex Cinema - one of the last few single screen cinemas left in Bangalore. Responsibilities included: Co-developing and managing curriculum, tutee and diploma project guidance, field trips, interviews, writing proposals, reports, course outlines, students assessments and references.

        Education

        2007

        M.F.A Masters Fine Art

        NSCAD University

        Aug 2005 - Apr 2007
        • Halifax, Canada
        • This was an MFA in Fine and Media Arts

        2004

        Professional Diploma in Communication Design

        Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

        Jul 1999 - Dec 2004
        • Bengaluru, India
        • This was a five and a half year course. year 1 - foundation (basics in art and design) year 2 - graphic design year 3 and 4 - communication for social change year 5 - digital video production year 6 - independent diploma project

        Awards

        2015

        • I was given this travel grant to go to Bali and shoot the Karya Alit Ceremony at the Samuantiga Temple in the village, Blahbatu, on the outskirts of Ubud. This was a project I was doing as an Artist-In-Residence at Srishti.

        2009

        International Engagement Award

        Wellcome Trust

        • I was a Co-Principle Investigator for the 'WaterCasting Project' - Piloting the use of Participatory Media in India along with Robin King and Gabriel Harp. I lead the film component of the project.

        2006

        Travel Grant

        NSCAD University

        • This grant was given to me so that I could attend the Berlinale Talent Campus in Germany kwhere I was selected to be a participant.

        2006

        • I was given this scholarship towards my second year of my Masters' program.

        2005

        MFA Entrance Scholarship

        NSCAD University

        2005

        Alexander J. McDonald Memorial Award

        NSCAD University

        • This covered my tuition for the first semester of college.