SARANA MEHRA – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

Sarana Mehra is an IAO Resident

SaranaM_Echo_250x300Sarana Mehra achieved her BFA at the prestigious Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University where she majored in video and film. In 2001 she continued her studies at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where she finished with a distinction in her Master’s thesis: The Therapeutic Body. Sarana has participated in shows in London and across the UK and Europe, has shown her work at the prestigious Picture House in Oxford, and worked as a director and cinematographer for two grant-winning collaborations with dancers and choreographers funded by The Arts Council of England. After moving to Los Angeles, Sarana has worked with artists and curators at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); most notably managing a direct outreach program called ‘Karaoke Ice’ throughout the summer of 2007. She worked as a researcher and writer (‘Defining Social Sculpture’, ‘Information as Art’, ‘Alternative Aesthetics’) at The Metabolic Studio in Downtown Los Angeles with Lauren Bon in association with the Annenberg Foundation. Recently Sarana has curated ‘Everything But the Kitchen Sink’ with Milan Milosavljevic in Belgrade’s DOM Omladine.


Ward is a site-specific, multi-media experience that will focus on trauma, hospitalization, visceral fear and olfactory experience. In a collaboration between the artist, a perfumer and a doctor, ‘Ward’ will allow the viewer to participate in an immersive scent journey through an experience of hospitalization. The installation piece will be supplemented with video projections of crowd-sourced images from hospital windows – views that are often a contemporary person’s first and last vision of the world. These images will serve as the final destination of the participants “scent journey”, as well as the conceptual link to a less artificial world.