Natasha is an Indian artist-researcher, designer and urban practitioner working between Mumbai and Bangalore. Her practice weaves together artistic research, visual arts, cultural progamming and placemaking, primarily unfolding in public spaces. Her research delves into one’s relationship with the built environment, bringing attention to its intricate social, spatial, political and ecological influences and interconnections. Through artistic-community engagements, she creates installations and spatial interventions of pause and play, activation and restoration, belonging and agency between people and place, that she finds to be rather lost in the current ways of urban-making.
She is deeply passionate about youth and women rights, reclaiming public commons, and building forums for participation and free expressions. Not limited by form or material, her interventions spans from creating learning environments in metro stations (The Wait Time Project), site-specific interventions in public parks (Library of Mats), to making sculpture embodying softness (1 by one) and recently, designing a community library (Kitaab Mahal) with one of the most marginalized community in the east of Mumbai, Govandi
Through youth arts mentorship programs, Natasha organized and co-curated the first ever Govandi Arts Festival (2023) and continues to spearhead the initiative with the community leaders. Apart from her independent practice, she leads the public art and design at Community Design Agency, a social design practice, where she works closely with diverse communities on addressing their social and spatial issues through design, fundraising and community engagement. In recent times, she has won the Arts4Resilience - Knowledge Into Use award (Sweden, 2023) and Reclaim Art Award (Germany, 2021).