‘Rabbithole’ by Chitra Ganesh

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Chitra Ganesh, Rabbithole, 2010. Animation with music by Karsh Kale, 3 minutes.


Chitra Ganesh is a Brooklyn-based artist whose drawings combine the aesthetics of early modern fairy tales, traditional Buddhist and Hindu mythology, and contemporary visual culture. Her drawings, which weave together diverse archetypes—animal hybrids, female warriors, and heavenly landscapes—construct complex narratives that disarm the insulating function of national and religious traditions. An exhibition of a new series of animations by Ganesh, entitled The Scorpion Gesture, will be on view at the Rubin Museum in New York until January 2019 alongside the exhibition Face of the Future, which Ganesh organized and which will be on view until November 2, 2018. Face of the Future will include collage-based pieces by Ganesh and seven emerging artists: Maia Cruz Palileo, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Tammy Nguyen, Jagdeep Raina, Sahana Ramakrishnan, Anuj Shrestha, and Tuesday Smillie.


Ganesh is a former a fellow of The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program. Her work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum, New York; Museum of San Diego, La Jolla, California; Berkeley Art Museum; Bronx Museum, New York; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. International venues include Fondazione Sandretto, Turi; MoCA Shanghai; Kunshalle Exnergrasse, Vienna; and Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany. Solo presentations of Ganesh’s work have taken place at MoMA PS1, New York; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and Gothenburg Kunsthalle, Sweden.