Rhode Island School of Design Welcomes Chitra Ganesh, the first Vikram and Geetanjali Kirloskar Visiting Scholar in Painting

April 4, 2014

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is pleased to announce that Brooklyn-based artist Chitra Ganesh (Brown University '96) will spend two days at RISD this spring as the first Vikram and Geetanjali Kirloskar Visiting Scholar in Painting. Ganesh will visit the Providence campus in April to participate in a review for Painting graduate students and to give a public talk on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 4PM in RISD’s Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center [20 N. Main Street, Providence]. She will return to teach a Painting seminar during the fall 2014 semester and will mount a show in RISD’s Memorial Hall Gallery.

Ganesh’s drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations seek to excavate and circulate buried narratives typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art. Ganesh graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a BA in Comparative Literature and Art Semiotics in 1996. In 2001 she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received her MFA from Columbia University in 2002.

About Chitra Ganesh

Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently lives and works. Buried narratives and marginal figures typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art inspire her drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations. Ganesh draws from a broad range of material, including the iconography of Hindu, Greek and Buddhist mythology, 19th century European portraiture and fairytales, song lyrics, as well as contemporary visual culture such as Bollywood posters, anime, and comic books. The process of automatic writing is central to her practice process of deconstructing mythological narratives via layering disparate materials and visual languages. In this process, Ganesh considers alternate narratives of sexuality and power in a world where untold stories keep rising to the surface. In this process the body becomes a site of transgression, both social and psychic, doubled, dismembered and continually exceeding its limits. Ganesh is a recipient of the 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation award in the Creative Arts.

The Kirloskar Visiting Scholar in Painting is the result of a $1 million gift to RISD–the single largest gift ever from an international donor–to establish an endowed fund to support visiting artists and scholars in the Painting department. The endowment highlights RISD’s growing emphasis on global engagement and positions the Painting department to further that commitment by attracting visiting artists and scholars from India or the US who have a strong connection to Indian culture.

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