One of six audio interviews, with people of colour, exploring experiences of inclusivity and self-empowerment in the arts. Explore all six interviews from the ‘In Conversation’ project.
Since moving from Bombay, how do you feel living in Nottingham, through the COVID-19 pandemic, has influenced your creative practice?
Coming to the East Midlands, as an international art student, studying at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), how have you found accessing local art networks?
What changes do you feel need to be made in the UK art institutions to better address colonial narratives?
Through your work, do you reject contemporary expectations of identity?
Janhavi Sharma (She/Her) is an independent visual artist from India, with a background of Journalism and Modern and Contemporary Indian Art from Mumbai University. She is presently examining the broader themes of ecofeminism, maternal histories, and memories through her practice. She experiments with various media and material that persist a layer of socio-political and cultural contexts in her work, along with using the tools of performativity, repetition, and distortion in her work. Her photographs are often choreographed to reflect the ambivalent nature of memories that she attempts to revive, re-assemble and re-interpret; often using fiction as an active instrument to remember the deliberately overlooked pasts of women in a domestic space.