Meera Sethi is a Canadian contemporary artist whose practice encompasses a range of mediums to pose questions about the relationship between migration, diaspora, hybridity and belonging. Her work foregrounds contemporary histories on the edges of representation, especially queer, diasporic and “post”-colonial moments relating to South Asian-Canadian histories and communities.
Fashion and the politics of dress is a persistent theme. Recent work includes: Outerwhere, a series of embellished winter coats; Begum, a series of mixed media paintings that explores the notion of "excess" in Queer fashion; Upping the Aunty, a multidimensional project comprised of street fashion photography, a colouring book for adults and a series of painting on canvas that place the figure of the “Aunty” at the centre of fashionability thus calling into question our unexamined notions about style; and #Unstitched, an ongoing, multi-year project investigating the possibilities and tensions of creating community using a single garment – a sari – across multiple diasporic sites.
Meera's work is in the permanent collection of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Wedge Collection and has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Mississuaga, L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival among national and international venues. She has been awarded multiple grants from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada arts councils. Her work has been featured in NBC, NPR, The Toronto Star, The Globe&Mail, The Fader, VICE, VOGUE India, CNN, MTV and numerous other print and online publications. She holds a BFA and an MA (Interdisciplinary Studies) from York University, Toronto. Meera lives and works in Toronto.