"my current body of work explores mental health. I explore depression to heal my own. I explore the cultural/political to remind me thats its okay not to be okay."
Demi Nandhra is an interdisciplinary artist from Birmingham who makes solo performance, live art, theatre and sociopolitical enquiries. Her work explores Mental Health through examining collective sadness, vulnerability and cultural binaries. Her work is performed in theatres, galleries and beds.
Demi approaches making as a feminist, with queer and postcolonial perspective. Her current practice is an ongoing series of works surrounding Mental Health. The project began with Life is No Laughing Matter, an autobiographical exploration of mental illness, medical treatment and the culture of fast-fix. The second strand Oil and Water, goes beyond the personal narrative, exploring the intersections of gender, culture, religion and wellbeing. The third strand I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired investigates the historical and contemporary sociopolitical landscape and the impact projects of failed liberation have on our collective mental health.
Demi has been programmed by Buzzcut Festival, Fierce Festival, Warwick Arts Centre, LADA, Battersea Arts Centre, mac Birmingham, REP, Normal? Festival, Bedlam Mental Health Festival and Month of Performance Art - Berlin