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Divya is an interdisciplinary artist drawing from philosophy, femininity and empirical experiences. Her work elicits dialogue, invoking theories on simulation, reality, perceptions and reflections on the constructed nature of our identities. The synergy of materials and semiotics within a conceptual framework, reveals layers of meaning that invite viewers to delve deeper into the subconscious realms of human consciousness. 

Her methodology reflects ethnographic studies within cultural and socio-political contexts. The works embody an interplay of diverse viewpoints, cultural nuances and inquiries into personal accounts of memory. Addressing paradox and hypocrisy she delves into tangible, intangible and unspoken narratives from the ordinary. Within this exploration, a pattern of repetition and multiplicity emerges, extending to the concept of defamiliarization. 

 

Her practice entails a symbiotic relationship between nature of subject and its chosen medium, encompassing text as drawing, (painting) watercolours, acrylics, oil, (sculpture) bronze, installation and performance videos. Divya lives and works in Delhi and London. 

Education 

2016 – 18        MA Contemporary Art Practice, Critical Practice Pathway - Royal College of Art (Distinction) 

2013 – 16        BA (Hons) Fine Art - Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

2011 –  12        Foundation diploma in Art and Design - University of the Arts London 

2011                  MA in Odissi Classical Dance - Pracheen Kala Kendra, India (Distinction)

 

2024                Global Arts in Medicine Fellowship - accomplished virtually; funded by the United States Mission in Nigeria                                     and U.S Department of State, Washington D.C. 

2017                  Voice of Influence RADA Business - Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

2015                  Art and its Markets - Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London

2012                  Art & Anatomy - University of Oxford, England 

Exhibitions 

 

2024                Streams of Consciousness, Open Palm Court Gallery at India Habitat Centre, Delhi, India 

2021                 Sheroes-Revoluciones 2.0, London, UK (virtual) 

                           The Outsider Moving Art & Film Festival, Hers is Ours, Delhi, India

2020                Exit, Ugly Duck, London, UK 

  Women’s Herstory Month Sheroes - Revoluciones, Ugly Duck, London, UK (Initiative by Lon-art,

  funded by the Arts Council England, The National Lottery Community Fund)

  Artist Against Abuse, The Shoe Factory Social Club, Norwich, UK 

  Pratibimb, Open Palm Court Gallery at India Habitat Centre, Delhi, India 

 

2019                 Sheroes - Revoluciones, Ugly Duck, London, UK 

  (Funded by the Arts Council England, The National Lottery Community Fund)

 

2018                 Contemporary Art Practice Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

 

2017                 WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK 

 

2016​                 Show 1, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

 

2015                 Wayfinding, supported by Bridget Riley Art Foundation, British Museum, London, UK

  CSM Come, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

2014                 Psychoanalysis and Art: Freud’s interpretation of dreams, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

 

2012                 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK

Awards, Publication & Residency 

2024                Global Arts & Health Festival, collaborated to facilitate workshop in Sunderbans (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal)   2021                 'Sheroes Prize' Winner (organised by Lon-art Creative, funded by the Arts Council England)

2020                Cel del Nord Residency, Spain

2019                 Women: Inspiring Quotes & Artistic Responses by Nicola Wild and Andy Wild 

2018                 Distinction for the dissertation, “Representation of genitalia in Visual Art; Indian and European Art                                                    Culture” (Royal College of Art)  

2015                 Modelled for Mondcivitano Project by Jamie McCartney, UK

Selected Performances 

2016                 Big Dance, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

                           (dance choreographed by Akram Khan, music composed by Nitin Sawhney)

2008                India International Centre, Delhi, India 

2006                Kamani Auditorium, Delhi 

2005                India Habitat Center, Delhi 

2002                India International Centre, Delhi

1999                  Triveni Kala Sangam, Delhi

Talks 

2021                  Webinar: My RCA Experience moderated by Royal College of Art 

2022                 Talk on Iconography of Genitalia, Goddesses and lives of Women today at Durban University of Technology,                                    South Africa 

Curated Solo Exhibitions

2023                 Bikaner House, Delhi 

2022                 India Habitat Centre, Delhi 

Relevant Work Experience 

 

BBC World Service English, Royal Commonwealth Society, Royal Academy

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