Of Indian origin, Chitra Ganesh is a Brooklyn born and bred Artist who still resides and works in Brooklyn. The artist who has always had a connection to her culture since childhood maintained that connection which is prevalent in her work.
In the beginning of her career Ganesh medium included oil and acrylic on canvas however her work has evolved over the years and includes drawings, installations, photography, text-based work, and collaborations. Her work has been seen in venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum of Arts, the Bronx Museum of Arts, The Asian Society, Nature Morte in New Delhi to name a few.
A graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities respectively, Ganesh work cannot be categorized as Western or Asian art because she’s been inspired by a range of cultures and things: Indian, Western, South Asian Myths, history, current events, philosophy, Literature, Bollywood Cinemas, and Iconic Hindu Goddesses.
The artist made a huge splash and became well-known when she recreated the popular Amar Chitra Katha comics (Comic books which depict Indian tails of history, folklore, heritage, and culture). She recreated the mythology by introducing her own feminist textual storytelling.
Chitra Ganesh uses her art to explore visual representations of women and femininity. The artist says she sees “Feminism as a foundational frame for understanding the world.”
Today “Eyes of Times” Exhibition opens at The Brooklyn Museum and will continue through July 2015, this particular exhibit is centered around Hindu Goddess Kali – the goddess of destruction and rebirth plus other figures from Judy’s Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” as a starting point to portray feminine power, empowerment, and multiplicity which are the influence of this exhibition. The theme further expands to include works from the museum’s collections of Egyptian, Indian and Contemporary Art.
The Exhibition is organized by Saisha Grayson, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, and is made possible by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.
December 12, 2014–July 12, 2015
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Herstory Gallery, 4th Floor
Images via Chitra Ganesh and The Brooklyn Museum
Information via Chitra Ganesh