Chitra Ganesh Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Chitra Ganesh
Tales of Amnesia


21 C-prints

Dimensions variable
New York based artist Chitra Ganesh studied literature at Brown and painting at Columbia. For the artist, the comic book appears to epitomise and perpetuate a perverse sense of good over evil. Such scenarios are at the centre of classic Indian literature such as the Ramayana in which men and women indulge in episodes of absolute and unsolicited power. The stylised simplification of the comic book style is central to Ganesh’s work Tales of Amnesia, in which the audacious female character confronts subscribed notions of compliance in order to explore alternative models of femininity and power. By rewriting popular history, Ganesh appears to empower her character Amnesia with an opportunity to directly challenge the original fairy tale. For Ganesh, such preconceived social codes have always been heavily influenced by religion and literature and her work reconfigures these codes.
Chitra Ganesh



122 x 114 cm

Chitra Ganesh’s accomplished illustration is a wondrous scene in which reality appears to have been forsaken for something much more troublesome. Ganesh’s landscape of tranquil water is littered with female forms that appear to come directly from the artist’s imagination. Composed of vengeful double heads rooted on hands with decapitated fingers, adolescent school-girls sprouting from a tight-fitting skirt and blouse with multiple limbs and a naked figure hanging from a forlorn tree with lotus leaves and a hand; Ganesh’s vivid illustration is born of a deliberate stream of consciousness and a dream like state that very graphically challenges preconceptions of the representation of women.

Chitra Ganesh


Photographic triptych

61 x 63 .5 cm each

Chitra Ganesh’s photographic triptych Hidden depicts the artist performing bizarre acts of mutilation and mysticism. The timeless backdrop and the indecipherable objects speak of Ganesh’s interest in the symbolism of classical literature that she actively critiques in her Amnesia works. Rather than indulging in beauty and heroic drama, Ganesh exposes herself to the vulnerability of performing for the camera.

Chitra Ganesh


Digital C-print

76 x 52 cm

In Twisted the artist appears to be twisted on a bed of leaves deep in the forest, illuminated by artificial light and struggling to find her feet in a strange juxtaposition of beautifully tailored costume and contoured body parts. It becomes almost impossible to rationalise what might have happened to Ganesh’s central character and why this figure stretched out appears utterly of another world. The work references notions of the plight of women in modern India and a willingness on Ganesh’s part to refer to very classical views of women and their subservient role to men.

Chitra Ganesh's Biography

Chitra Ganesh
Born in 1975, Brooklyn, NY
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


Solo Exhibition, Nature Morte, Berlin

The Ocean Beneath, Chatterjee and Lal, Mumbai, India
On Site 2: The Sulhoutette Returns, PS1/MOMA, organized by Klaus Beinsenbach
FIAC Solo Presentation, with Haas & Fischer, Paris

pon Her Precipice, Thomas Erben, NY
Solo Show, Haas & Fischer, Zurich, Switzerland

1 x 1, Artist Commissions, Jersey City Museum, New Jersey
Written on Wind and Water, Goliath Visual Space, Brooklyn, New York

Her Secret Missions, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York

Myth/Making, Contemporary Constructions. UFMG CentroCultural,Belo Horizonte, Brazil


Chitra Ganesh, Nalini Malani, Nilima Sheikh, Curated by Jo-ann Conklin,
David Winton Bell Gallery List Arts Center, Providence RI
Gallery Espace, India Art Summit, New Delhi
Future of the Past, Gayatri Sinha, Quddus Mirza, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai
Contemporary Art from India, Art Museum Tennis Palace, Helsinki
La route de la soie (The Silk Road) Tri Postal - Lille, France

Digression, Hendershot Gallery, NY
Divine Horsemen: Chitra Ganesh & Simone Leigh, curated by Latoya Frazier, Mason Gross Gallery, NJ
Malleable Memory, curated by Nitin Mukhul, Aicon Gallry, NY
50 Artists Photograph the Future, curated by Dean Daderko, Higher Pictures, NY
Other than Beauty, curated by Janine Cirincione, Friedman Benda Gallery, NY
Bunny Redux, curated by Eric Shiner, Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Hair Tactics, curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Jersey City Museum
Empire Strikes Back, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
The Art of War, CEPA, Buffalo, NY
No more bad girls? UNpossessing Femininity, curated by Kathrin Becker & Claudia Marion Stemberger, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, traveling to Stiftelsen Bryggen, Norway (catalog)
This Modern World? Billboard Project, Historic Bund, Shanghai, curated by Mathieu Borysevicz
Bring Me A Lion Webster University Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (catalog)
Wild Gander, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, curated by Baseera Khan

Group Show, Thomas Erben Gallery, NY
Harlem Postcards, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
Commune, curated by Dominique Nahas, Black & White Gallery, NY
India Xianzai 印度现在, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (catalog)
Anomalies, curated by Jaishri Rossi and Rossi, London (catalog)
India Moderna, IVAM Museum, Valencia, Spain (catalog)
Hotter than Curry?, curated Meenakshi Thirukode, Gallery OEd, Cochin, India
Transitional Aesthetics, Beijing 798 Biennial, Longmarch Space, Beijing
Shifting Shapes, Unstable Signs, cur Jaret Vadera and Robert Storr, Yale University Art Gallery, CT
Beyond Appearances, Lehman College Art gallery, NY
There Goes my Hero, Center for Book Ars, NY
Moment to Monument, Indian Art Summit, Travancore Palace, New Delhi

Everywhere is War (and rumours of war), curated by Shaheen Mierali, Bodhi Art, Mumbai, India
Democracy in America, Creative Time, cur. Nato Thompson, Armory, NY
7 Beauties, curated by Lilly Wei, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai and Beijing
The Other Mainstream II, Arizona State University Art Museum, AZ
Pandora’s Box, curated by Amanda Cachia, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina,
Saskatchewan, Canada, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario (catalog)
Firewalkers, Stefan Stux Gallery, NY
The Furious Gaze, curated by Xabier Arakistain & Maura Reilly, Montehermoso Cultural
Center,Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (catalog)
Of this Tale I Cannot Guarantee a Word…Royal College of Art, London (catalog)

SimulAsian, curated by Lilly Wei and Eric Shiner, Pier 92, New York
Contemporary Indian Art Between Continuity and Transformation, Spazio Oberdan, Milan
25 Years Later, Art in General 25th Anniversary Exhibition, at UBS Galleries, New York
Sex in the City, Dumbo Arts Center, New York,
Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves, ZKM Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany
Sultana's Dream: South Asian Women's Creative Collective 10th Anniversary Show, Exit Art, New York
Intersections, Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center, New York
Tributaries, curated by Lisa Gill and Purvi Shah, 516 Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Hidden, ABC No Rio, New York
Sufferation, Hotel 39, Honolulu
Spectral Evidence, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Troubled Waters of Permeability, Parker's Box, Brooklyn, New York
Group Show, Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India
One Way or Another , Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston
Traveling to : Berkeley Museum,University of California
Japanese American National Museum,Lon Angeles

What War? White Box, New York
Deuces ex Machina, cur, Momenta Art, Market Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Ex-otica, Vitaminarte, Turin, Italy
Artists Alliance Residency Exhibition, Cuchifritos Gallery, New York
One Way or Another, Asia Society New York
Subcontingent: the Subcontinent in Contemporary Art . Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Mural Show, Newman Popiashvili gallery, New York
Wild Girls, Exit Art, New York
"If a cat gives birth to kittens in an oven, are they kittens or biscuits?" Roebling Hall, New York
E7 Emerge Artist Exhibition, Contemporary Art, New Jersey
Papering, Deutsche Bank, New York
Nicola Durvasula, Chitra Ganesh, Tejal Shah, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Inner Limits, Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center, New York
No More Drama, Center for Book Arts, New York
Detained!, Asian American Arts Centre, New York

Time's Arrow, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
The Gift: Building a Collection, Queens Museum of Art, New York
Cities, Art, Recovery, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space
Asian Art Festival, Poncheon, Korea
739 feet running wall, Gwangju Contemporary Art Museum, Gwangju, Korea
Wear Me Out, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives , Los Angeles
Home and The World, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Jersey
Characters: Scene I and Scene II, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, New Jersey
Silvermine Guild Arts Institute, Connecticut
Fatal Love, Queens Museum of Art, New York

Floorplay, Brooklyn College Art Gallery, New York
Pilot 01, Limehouse Town Hall, London
NextNextArt, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
Six Feet Under, White Box, New York
Color Theory, Vitamin Arte, Turin
Summer Selections: Playpen, The Drawing Center, New York
Supersalon, Samson Projects, Boston
Enchantment, Wave Hill, New York
Treasure Maps, Apex Art, New York
ArtSpace, New Haven, Connecticut
East of the Sun West of the Moon, White Columns, New York
Masala, William Benton Museum,
Trinity College, Open House, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York

Through Customs, Bose Pacia, New York
Artists in The Marketplace Annual Exhibition, Bronx Museum of Art, New York
Theory of Relative Power, Abrons Art Gallery , New York
Group Show, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
637 Feet of Running Wall, Queens Museum of Art, New York

Queer Visualities, Staller Art Center, Stonybrook Univ, New York
Charlie, PS 1, New York
Mango, Talwar Gallery, New York
Slant, Diverseworks, Houston, Texas
Columbia MFA Thesis Show, Mink Building, New York
Homegrown, Commons Gallery, Barney Building, New York University, New York
Culture in a Jar, Longwood Arts Center, Bronx, New York
SAVAC Annual Exhibition, Living Arts Centre, Ontario, Canada

Earthquake Relief International, Lakshana Gallery, Hyderabad, India
Crossing the Line, Queens Museum of Art, New York
Shaken and Stirred, Bose Pacia Modern Gallery New York
AlieNation, Quay Gallery, Toronto, Canada

12th International Cleveland Drawing Biennale, Cleveland Art Gallery & Middlesbrough Art Gallery, Middlesbrough