• Artist: Divya Mehra
  • Medium: Sculptural Installation
  • Project Type: Disturbed Landscape
  • Curator: Kari Cwynar
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

A large-scale semi-functional magic lamp that invites audiences to question whose wishes are granted in Toronto's financial district.

Location

TD Centre

  • Address: 75 King St W
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Advisories: Smoke

The Project

Divya Mehra is known for disarming multimedia works that address diasporic experiences, historical narratives and the legacy of colonialism in the West. Mehra’s works function as active signifiers of resistance, or as reminders of the difficult realities of displacement, loss, neutrality and oppression. For Nuit Blanche Toronto, Mehra presents two large-scale inflatable sculptures: A Practical Guide and Your Wish is Your Command. Installed in the courtyard of Toronto’s iconic Mies van de Rohe-designed TD Centre, Your Wish is Your Command takes the form of a colossal magic lamp. In this new work, Mehra offers a gentle reminder that with or without any supernatural powers, colonial structures continue to uplift some rather than others.

The Artist

Divya Mehra (b. 1981, Winnipeg, Manitoba) has had recent exhibitions with the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Paid, Seattle; and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, among others. She has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Times of India, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum, Hyperallergic, and The Globe and Mail. She is the recipient of the 2022 Sobey Art Award. In 2024, Mehra will present a solo exhibition at Night Gallery, Los Angeles.

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