Chitra Ganesh

Born 1975, USA.

Ganesh graduated from Columbia University in New York, NY (MFA Visual Arts, 2002) and from Brown University in Providence, RI (BA Art-Semiotics and Comparitive Literature, 1996).  Her work has been included in numerous shows, most notably, Fatal Love, Queens Museum of Art, 2005; Subcontingent, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, 2006; One Way or Another, Asia Society, New York, 2006 and The Empire Strikes Back, Saatchi Museum, London, 2009. Public and private collections include Devi Art Foundation in New Delhi, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art both in New York. Her work is represented in collections of Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Devi Art Foundation, Deutsche Bank, the Saatchi Collection, and Burger Collections. Ganesh has received wide critical support with ten reviews in The New York Times and articles in Flash Art, Marie Claire, Art Asia Pacific, Art in America, Art India and Newsweek among others.

Ganesh draws from a broad range of materials, including the iconography of Hindu, Greek and Buddhist mythology, 19th century European portraiture and fairytales, song lyrics, as well as contemporary visual culture such as Bollywood posters, anime, and comic books. The process of automatic writing is central to her practice, and emerges from dissecting myths to retrieve critical moments of abjection, desire, and loss. By layering disparate materials and visual languages, Ganesh considers alternate narratives of sexuality and power in a world where untold stories keep rising to the surface.

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