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  SAMANTA BATRA MEHTA

Born: 1975 New Delhi, India
Lives: New York, USA

Exhibitions

2013 ‘The Embedded Landscape’ curated by Lyla Muncherjee and Mohini Varma, Religare Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
Artefiera Bologna 2013, Bologna Italy
+India Art Fair 2013, New Delhi, India (upcoming)
+Solo Exhibition, Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi, India (upcoming)
+‘Her Stories: 15 Years of SAWCC’, Taubman Art Museum, Roanoke, VA, USA (upcoming)
+Solo Exhibition, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India (upcoming)
+Solo Exhibition, Artopia Milano, Milan Italy (upcoming)

2012 +India Art Fair 2012 (formerly India Art Summit), New Delhi, India
+‘The Tenth Parallel North: Contemporary Photography of India & South America’ curated by Filippo Maggia,
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena, Italy
+‘Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora’ curated by Kathryn Myers, Windsor Art Center, Windsor, CT, USA
+Contemporary, Sakshi Gallery, Chennai, India.
+‘Radiate: Art of the South Asian Diaspora’ curated by Kathryn Myers, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA
+‘Skin Deep’ curated by Lyla Muncherjee and Mohini Varma, Religare Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
+‘Her Stories: 15 Years of SAWCC’, Queens Museum, New York, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 +‘Erasing Borders 2011’, Aicon Gallery, NY
+‘Erasing Borders 2011’, Charles Wang Center, Stony Brook, NY, USA
+‘Erasing Borders 2011’ curated by Vijay Kumar, Queens Museum, New York, USA
+India Art Summit 2011, New Delhi, India
+Art Stage Fair 2011, Singapore

2010 +‘A Place of Their Own’, curated by Sharmistha Ray, Gallery BMB, Mumbai, India
+‘Erasing Borders 2010’ Guild Art Gallery, New York, USA
+‘Wish you were here 9’, A.I.R Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
+‘Erasing Borders 2010’ Twelve Gates Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA
+‘Botanica’ curated by Mary Birmingham, Hunterdon Museum, Clifton, NJ, USA
+The Salon Du Dessin Contemporain 2010 with Galerie L MD, Paris, France
+‘Erasing Borders 2010’ curated by Mary Birmingham & Vijay Kumar, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, USA
+‘A Delicate Point’ Images from a South Asian Diaspora curated by Patricia Miranda and Priyanka Mathew, Osilas Gallery,
Concordia College New York, Bronxville, NY, USA

2009 +Indo-American Arts Council’s (IAAC) ‘Erasing Borders 2009: Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora’ curated
by Amina Ahmed & Vijay Kumar, Dowd Fine Art Gallery, State University of New York College, SUNY, Cortland, NY, USA
+Erasing Borders 2009 continues at Crossing Art Gallery as part of the Asian Contemporary Art Week 2009 (ACAW), New York,
NY, USA
+‘Wish you were here 8’, A.I.R Art Gallery, New York, USA
+‘Erasing Borders 2009’ continues at the Project Space, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, USA
+‘Erasing Borders 2009’ continues at the Queens Museum, Queens, New York, USA
+‘Cultural Memory: Transdiasporic Art Practices’ curated by Pritika Chowdhry, Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
+‘Erasing Borders 2009’ continues at the Gallery in Penn College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA, USA

2008 +‘Generations XI’, AIR Gallery, New York, USA
+‘Suckers and Biters’ curated by Krista Madsen and Jeff White, Chashama Gallery, New York, USA
+ ‘Erasing Borders 2008: Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora’ curated by Vijay Kumar, Tabla Rasa Gallery,
Brooklyn NY, USA
+‘Erasing Borders 2008’ continues at the Guild Art Gallery, New York, USA
+‘Erasing Borders 2008’ continues at the Manhattanville College Art Gallery, Purchase, NY, USA
+‘Erasing Borders 2008’ continues at the Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY, USA
+SAWCC Annual Visual Art Show ‘Rods and Cones’ curated by Radhika Subramaniam & Natasha Bissonauth, Abrons Art
Centre, Henry Street Settlement, New York, USA
+‘Erasing Borders 2008’ continues at the Queens Museum, Queens, New York, USA
+‘The Election Show’, University Galleries, State University of Illinois, Normal, IL, USA
+‘Night of 1000 Drawings’, Artists Space, New York, USA

2007 +‘Wish you were here 6’, A.I.R Art Gallery, New York, USA
+‘The Insider’, Bodhi Art Gallery, Bombay, India
+South Asian Women’s Creative Collective 10th Anniversary Curated Auction, New York, USA
+‘Night of 1000 Drawings’, Artists Space, New York, USA

2006 +‘(Ad)dress’ with the Gaia Art Collective curated by Doris Cacoilo & Amie Figuerido, Hoboken NJ, USA

Education

1998 Master of Science- Analysis, Design & Management of Information Systems, London School of Economics and Political Science
(LSE), UK
1997 Post Graduate Diploma in World Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK
1996 Bachelor of Arts (Economics), St. Xavier’s College, University of Bombay, India. Top 3% of graduating class.

Related Professional Experience

2006 South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC), Board of Director
2006 Co-curated and Produced the SAWCC’s Annual art exhibition ‘In a State of Emergency: Women, War & the Politics of
Urban Survival, Alwan Art Centre (catalogue published).

Selected Bibliography

Filippo Maggia et al., ‘Contemporary Photography from India and South America: The Tenth Parallel North’ [Hardcover] (Published by Skira,
2012
Hyphen Magazine, Issue 23: Bittersweet ‘Botany of the Body: The work of Samanta Batra Mehta, by Sita Kuratomi Bose, 2011
Time Out Mumbai: ‘Homeward Bound’ feature by Zeenat Nagree, Issue 4 (October 15, 2010)
L’Officiel India: ‘The Germination of an Idea’ by Amrita Shah, (February 2008)
New York Times: ‘A Collection Born of Cultural Dislocation’, in NY Region, Art Review by Benjamin Genocchio (June 13, 2008)
‘An Artist’s Handbook: Materials & Techniques’ by Margaret Krug (Published by Abrams Studio, 2008)

Professional Courses, Workshops attended

2006 Advanced Egg Tempera Techniques with Patricia Miranda, The Society of Gilders, New York, NY
2006 Solarplate Etching with Jason Watson, The Lower Eastside Printshop, New York, NY
2006 Casein Painting with Margaret Krug, New York, NY
2005 Stone Sculpture with Barbara Segal, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2005 ‘Meeting Artists Needs’, Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY
2005 Tempera- Technique & Theory with Ophrah Shemesh, Kremer Pigments, New York, NY
2005 Byzantine Icon-writing, Prosopon School of Iconology with Iconographer Jennifer Anna Perkins, New York, NY
2004 Manuscript Illumination & Gilding with Patricia Miranda, The Society of Gilders, Portchester, NY
2004 Photo-transfers with Miriam Schaer, The Lower Eastside Printshop, New York, NY
2001 Post Graduate Diploma- Aesthetics of Indian Visual Art, University of Bombay, India
1997 Life Drawing & Life Painting Summer School, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK

Selected Panels, Lectures & Invitationals:

2011 Artist’s Talk, Erasing Borders Exhibition 2011, Queens Museum, Queens, NY
2010 Invited to conduct a ‘Teachers Symposium’ Lecture and Workshop, Center for Visual Arts, New Jersey
2010 Invited to create a 9 x 24 ft site-specific mural at the Salon Du Dessin Contemporain 2010, Paris, France
2009 Television interview, New York based ITV- July 7, 2009 episode of ‘Bharatvani’
2008 Panelist, Queens Museum in conjunction with the Indo American Arts Council Erasing Borders 2008 show and the Queens Art
Connection by the Queens Council for the Arts
2008
Panelist, Abrons Art Centre, Henry Street Settlement- South Asian Women’s Creative Collective annual exhibition, ‘Rods &
Cones’. Panel moderated by Natasha Bissonauth & Eric Shiner
2006 Presented at the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC), New York, NY

Collections

Works are included in several private and publications in the USA, India, Singapore, Italy including at the prestigious Fondazione Fotografia
Cassa di Risparmio di Modena in Italy and the Birla Academy of the Arts in India.