Within my art practice I have been exploring the history and exotification of Indian art and culture, and much of my work plays with and questions the practices of Orientalism, kitsch appropriation and the mass-production of culturally-specific iconography.
The narratives in my current interdisciplinary projects play with issues of cultural dislocation and the cultural schizophrenia that can occur in the translation/ transmutation of time and space. I am specifically interested in the contemporary transmission of visual culture, and the experiences of women who lead trans-cultural lives.
Shelly Bahl is a visual and media artist based in New York City and Toronto. She received her B.F.A.
(Visual Art and Art History) from York University, Toronto and her M.A. (Studio Art) from New York
University. Her interdisciplinary work in drawing, painting, sculpture/ installation, photography and video,
has appeared in a number of solo and group exhibitions in North America and internationally over the
past 15 years.
Her recent projects include two-person and group exhibitions at: Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburg;
Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston; Jersey City Museum, NJ; Experimental Art Gallery/ Habitat Centre, Delhi:
Guild Gallery, NYC; Queens Museum of Art, NYC; and Dazibao, Montreal. Her projects in 2009 include a
solo exhibition at the Bronx River Art Center, and an artist residency and group exhibition at the Religare
Arts Initiative in Delhi, India.