Brooklyn-based artist Chitra Ganesh creates drawings, installation, text-based work, and collaborations inspired by buried narratives and marginal figures typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art. She is widely recognized for her experimental use of comic and large-scale narrative forms to communicate submerged histories and alternate articulations of femininity to a broader public.
Ganesh draws from a broad range of material, including the iconography of Hindu, Greek and Buddhist mythology, 19th-century European portraiture and fairytales, archival photography, and song lyrics, as well as contemporary visual cultures such as Bollywood posters, anime, and comic books. Using a process of automatic writing, she probes this visual and textual material to connect seemingly disparate narratives, and reveal uncanny moments of absence and buried desire. By layering disparate materials and visual languages, Ganesh seeks and considers new narratives of sexuality and power.
Ganesh’s work as been has been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally at venues, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY; MoMA PS1, New York, NY; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Asia Society, New York, NY; the Queens Museum, Corona, NY; the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, ; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; Fondazione Sandretto re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy; the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; MOCA Shanghai, China; Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden; the Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Artothek Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany; the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum), Mumbai, India; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA.
Ganesh is the recipient of numerous fellowships, and awards, including grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Printed Matter, and the Art Matters Foundation; the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts; the Lower East Side Printshop Special Editions Residency, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors.
Ganesh’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Devi Art Foundation, Gurugram, India; the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; Burger Collection, Hong Kong, China; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.