Rekha Sameer is originally from Mumbai, India. She lived in Singapore before moving to the UK in 2000. She completed her Foundation Art in Bucks New University and went on to study BA and MA Fine Art in Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London. She has completed a PGCE in Learning and Teaching at Higher Education through HEA, England.
She is a site specific conceptual artist and works with multiple mediums including cctv cameras, video, sound, clay and fabrics. Sameer derives her subject from contemporary social and political concerns. The majority of her artworks and installations are based on social issues and everyday life in the community. The art objects she creates are aesthetically simple but conceptually and experientially complex. Using simple materials available on the site, she is able to create works that create a new perspective on the familiar. Her artworks invoke a sense of simplicity and familiarity within the viewer before enabling them with the intended message. She is primarily concerned with the relationship of individuals to each other and to society as a whole. Her art practice is underpinned by a simple ethos, that of being able to transfer an emotion into the viewer.
As an artist, she attaches significance to having original experiences on the site and allows the fresh responses to the spaces to inform the art object. The simple reason the art form exists is to act as conduit between the artist and the viewer. Once the link is established, a cyclical relationship is activated between the artist, art-object and the viewer. The site specific installations also offer the viewer a new perspective and fresh insight into their everyday existence. She is a highly prolific artist.
Sameer has curated multiple shows and events in the past 15 years. Her recent project was a group show on the changing identity of Britain in Europe, post-Brexit and highlight of 2017 was an Oral Histories exhibition titled ‘Transition of Oral Histories’ commissioned by a charity called Winch in collaboration with Camden Libraries and funded by Heritage Lotteries.