Divya Murthy is a photography based installation artist. For the past three years, her major endeavor, "The Homeland Project," documents the development and destruction of her neighborhood in Southwest Houston through large-scale panoramic photographs and environmental installations. Her work deals with her own comprehension of a homeland identity. She was born in Bangalore, India, but moved to America as a young child and grew up in Houston, Texas.
Murthy has exhibited at Galveston Arts Center during Fotofest, in Houston at The Williams Tower Gallery and the Houston Center for Photography, Miami, New York, and Boston, MA. She is a recipient of the En Foco New Works Award, a Houston Center for Photography Fellowship, The Yousuf Karsh Prize in Photography and an AIGA World Studio Grant.
"Murthy has produced a series of strikingly colored, rigidly formatted 360-degree panoramas of urban sprawl in
Houston. They are encyclopedic photographs of nothing, and in their empty inclusivity, reflect both a reality and
an emotional state and challenge the photographic conventions relating to subject and planned composition."
Alison Devine Nordstrom, Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, 2007.
"This year, En Foco recognizes Divya Murthy in New Works #10, for a series of images that explore a personal vision of how history, an emergent sense of home and a culture can coexist. Murthy documents the gouging of the earth in her neighborhood, as the landscape around her is demolished and razed to create a toll road..."
"Murthy's photographic art clearly succeeds on its own artistic merits as does the exploration of contemporary socio-political and existential issues of interest to Indian-Americans.
"This is of particular relevance as immigrant South Asians are joined by increasing waves of their US born progeny who will
eventually give a new voice and face to their community. Artists like Ms. Murthy's are creating an historical record that
links the future to the public and private identities of the still predominant immigrant generation."
Eliud Martinez, Art Artistry and Indian Identity in the Diaspora, The Indian Star, 2007.
"Divya Murthy similarly brings the viewer to her home, but her piece adds a political level of identity, commenting
on what it means to be an American and the "notion of the real" in documentary. Murthy uses a large format camera and
digitally combines the images, resulting in an acutely detailed final image that is virtually infallible and makes
viewers wish Murthy could have depicted Avram's prairies."
Sarah Cowan, Gallery pick | Tufts Art Gallery exhibit makes you feel right at home, 2006