Ameeta Nanji is an artist and human rights activist based in Los Angeles. Her practice includes creating collages, re-assembling, upcycling mixed media, text, textiles, and painting. Her most recent work is inspired by a trip to Lesvos Island, Greece in 2016, where she volunteered to assist refugees fleeing for their lives from war and violence in the Middle East. Nanji’s work synthesizes a critique about politics, technology, gender, and culture in the ongoing socio-economic struggle for the ‘ownership’ of the future. Her intention is for her work to encourage and provoke the viewer to question contemporary circumstances. Nanji passionately shares 18th Street Art Center’s mission and is excited to collaborate and participate with the institution and the community at large in enriching a vibrant, just, and healthy society through art.
Born in Nairobi of Gujerati origin, Nanji has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions at Saray Gallery, London; Anne Laval Gallery, Venice, CA; and Gallery ARTPop, Downtown Los Angeles. She has also worked in the film industry as a set-decorator, music advisor, costume consultant, and title-graphic designer. She has co-authored three books including India Sublime, India Color, and South India A Mosaic (2008). Nanji has an Advanced Yoga Teacher’s Training Certificate, having studied at Krishnamacharya Mandiram, Chennai. Nanji holds a BA in Graphic Arts from Chelsea School of Art, London (1982).