Ali Akbar Mehta
(b. 1983, Mumbai, India)
Ali Akbar Mehta is a transmedia artist. Through his research-based transmedia practice, he creates immersive cyber archives that explore collective memetic history, narratives of memory, identity, violence, and conflict. He has exhibited his projects in galleries and alternate spaces in New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Helsinki, and Tampere.
He is a founder member and one of the three current Artistic Directors of Museum of Impossible Forms, Helsinki. He holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, and an MA in Visual Culture, Curating, and Contemporary Art from Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, where he completed a thesis text titled ‘Cyber Archive: Being and Doing Knowledge’.
Some of his ongoing projects are ‘256 Million Colours of Violence’, ‘Contemporary Ruins of Kruunuvuori’, ‘War Room Echo – Regarding the pain of Other Cyborgs’, ‘New Frontiers: Critical enquiries for archives as Artistic Praxis’, and ‘Non-Alignment as Resistance: Towards Cyber Archives as counter-hegemonic practice’.
He lives and works in Helsinki and Mumbai.
MFA (ViCCA) Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture, 2018
BFA (Painting) Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, 2005
Artistic Director and Founder Member of Museum of Impossible Forms, Helsinki
Founder Member of D/func.t Collective, Helsinki