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Chitra Ganesh

American, b. 1975

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Chitra Ganesh

American, b. 1975

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Exuberant and challenging, full of sex, abjection, beauty, and dazzling, intricate detail, Chitra Ganesh’s wide-ranging works are focused on the marginalized and excluded figures and narratives in art, history, and literature. Accordingly, and unsurprisingly, women—pin-ups, mothers, priestesses, witches, heroines, warriors, and goddesses—are the protagonists of her works, which include mixed-media drawings, digital collages, photographs, paintings, and installations. With a critical framework shaped by “social theory and contemporary literature from around the world,” as she describes, Ganesh draws influence broadly, borrowing images and themes from diverse sources including Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist mythology, Bollywood posters, and 19th-century European fairy tales. In her works, she presents alternative narratives, in which women possess a dangerous sexuality and are invested with strength and power.

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MoMA PS1, and 1 more
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The Studio Museum in Harlem
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Biography

Exuberant and challenging, full of sex, abjection, beauty, and dazzling, intricate detail, Chitra Ganesh’s wide-ranging works are focused on the marginalized and excluded figures and narratives in art, history, and literature. Accordingly, and unsurprisingly, women—pin-ups, mothers, priestesses, witches, heroines, warriors, and goddesses—are the protagonists of her works, which include mixed-media drawings, digital collages, photographs, paintings, and installations. With a critical framework shaped by “social theory and contemporary literature from around the world,” as she describes, Ganesh draws influence broadly, borrowing images and themes from diverse sources including Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist mythology, Bollywood posters, and 19th-century European fairy tales. In her works, she presents alternative narratives, in which women possess a dangerous sexuality and are invested with strength and power.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Shows Featuring Chitra Ganesh
Articles Featuring Chitra Ganesh
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Aug 22nd, 2017
Elia Alba Is Turning Artists of Color into Fantasy Icons
From Mickalene Thomas to Chitra Ganesh, Four Female Printmakers Challenge Cultural Narratives
Apr 8th, 2015
From Mickalene Thomas to Chitra Ganesh, Four Female Printmakers Challenge Cultural Narratives
The Fantastic Female World of Chitra Ganesh’s “Architects of the Future”
Jun 10th, 2014
The Fantastic Female World of Chitra Ganesh’s “Architects of the Future”
Chitra Ganesh: Sci-Fi from the Seventies
Mar 10th, 2013
Chitra Ganesh: Sci-Fi from the Seventies
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