Please join us for a talk by the artist on Wednesday, September 13 at 4:30 pm in Golden Auditorium, Little Hall. An opening reception with refreshments will follow.
Please note that this exhibition will be held at Clifford Gallery, located on the first floor of Little Hall.
This exhibition features a newly-commissioned mural alongside a selection of comic-inspired prints and digital animations by multimedia artist Chitra Ganesh (b. 1975). Images of monumental, hybrid female bodies that exceed the boundaries of accepted ideas of femininity are placed alongside Ganesh’s imaginative visual interpretation of Sultana’s Dream, a visionary story of a feminist utopia written by Bengali author Rokeya Sahkawat Hossain in 1905. The Scorpion Gesture, a suite of five digital animations, relates Buddhist cosmology and teachings to present social concerns. In her vibrant, otherworldly works, Ganesh combines the visual languages of contemporary popular culture, especially science fiction and mass-produced Indian comics, with traditional Hindu and Buddhist mythologies to collapse the past, present, and future, presenting time as cyclical and parallel trajectories rather than linear. Drawing from her extensive studies in social theory, semiotics, literature, and science fiction, Ganesh envisions narratives of the future that center female protagonists and queer relationships.
Ganesh is currently based in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and a BA in Art-Semiotics and Comparative Literature from Brown University. Her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, including in solo shows at MoMA PS1, the Brooklyn Museum, Gothenburg Kunsthalle, Sweden, and Frieze London as well as group shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the Bronx Museum, and the Kochi- Muzuris Biennial, India. Museums that have acquired her works include the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Kiran Nadar Museum in Delhi. Ganesh has been invited to numerous residency and fellowship programs, including those at Princeton University, the Rhode Island School of Design, Yale Law School, and New York University. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris and Hales London and New York.