Chitra Ganesh, born in Brooklyn, NY, draws from a broad range of material including the iconography of Hindu, Greek and Buddhist mythology, 19th-century European portraiture and fairy tales, song lyrics, as well as contemporary visual cultures 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.
Her work as been has been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally at venues, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; PS1/MoMA, New York, NY; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Asia Society, New York, NY; the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; the Saatchi Museum, London, United Kingdom; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China; Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Germany; the Gwangju Contemporary Arts Centre, Gwangju, Korea; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Arthotek Kunstverein, Göttingen, Germany; the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, India; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Italy; 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, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors, and is the 2017-2018 recipient of the distinguished Hodder Fellowship from the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Ganesh’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Devi Art Foundation; Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi, India, the Saatchi Collection; Burger Collection; Deutsche Bank, and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.