Meet the Speakers

Smriti Keshari


Smriti Keshari is an award winning Indian-American director and artist whose work covers a spectrum of the moving image from traditional, linear filmmaking to art installations.

She has a roster of highly notable projects. Most recently, her acclaimed multi-media installation, the bomb, was heralded by Newsweek as “a stunning avant-garde approach to a plea for nuclear disarmament.” the bomb premiered at the Berlinale, Tribeca Film Festival, ShefAield Doc Fest, Sydney Festival, Glastonbury, the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies and NetAlix, and is currently on tour at museums around the world.


Keshari brings an experimental approach to exploring under-represented themes and experiences outside the mainstream, which spark social dialogue. She is currently an artist- in-residence with the National Theatre in London.


Keshari has been awarded grants by the MacArthur Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Ford Foundation, N Square, Compton Foundation and others. She has spoken about art and social change at the United Nations, BBC, SXSW, Bloomberg Philanthropy and TED. She was a TED Prize Ainalist and 2016 Foreign Policy's Global Creative Thinker.


Keshari brings a collaborative spirit to all her projects, previously having created work with the author Eric Schlosser (Command and Control, Fast Food Nation), artist Stanley Donwood (Radiohead), rock band The Acid and others.