"Post-Midnight” is a series of artist responses to After Midnight, the current exhibition of modern and contemporary art from India. In the interest of presenting audiences with multiple ways of reading and interpreting the works in the exhibit, we have selected artists who can create interactive experiences for our museum’s publics. We approached artists working in various disciplines– visual art, video, spoken word, dance, and sound–in hopes that the works in the exhibition might inspire varied interpretive forms.
Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently lives and works. Her drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations are 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.Her work has been widely exhibited both in India and the United States. Most recently, Ganesh’s solo exhibition Eyes of Time was on vew athte Brooklyn museum from DEcember 2014 – July 2015. She has also had solo exhibitions at Gallery Espace in New Delhi, where is she represented, and Lakeeren Gallery in Mumbai, founded and directed by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala, curator of After Midnight
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 culture 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. Fragments of poetic language cohere with her visual iconography to produce fresh, nonlinear narratives offering audiences untold tales from both collectively imagined pasts and distant futures.
She will select a few key pieces in the exhibition with which to engage in a dialogue with the audience.
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