So excited for SPOTLIGHT, a streaming program with the South Asia Institute Chicago including a conversation with Natasha Bissonauth @tashbiss, and streaming access to my animations- for the first time, the entire suite of animations from The Scorpion Gesture will be made accessible on SAI Chicago’s website from January 9-25 & available for public viewing — to share w friends, students, children & niblings!
Talk and screening: Saturday January 16, 3pm
Streaming animations: January 9-25
Where: South Asia Institute Chicago website
Also available on the site are publications by Dr. Bissonauth on The Scorpion Gesture, Sa’dia Rehman’s @sasare and Sunil Gupta’s @sunilgupta7402 works. Many thanks to @azizsohail and the @sai_chicago team for organizing! can’t wait.
Clip from Metropolis (2018), one of 5 animations from ‘The Scorpion Gesture’ originally commissioned for the Rubin Museum of Art’s exhibition Chitra Ganesh: The Scorpion Gesture, curated by Beth Citron and later exhibited at Times Square’s Midnight Moment (NYC), Kochi Muzuris Bienniale (India) and ParaSite (HK) among other venues.
This Spotlight is organized by Aziz Sohail.
In her drawing-based practice, Chitra Ganesh brings to light narrative representations of femininity, sexuality, and power that are typically absent from canons of literature and art. Her wall installations, comics, charcoal drawings, and mixed-media works often take historical and mythic texts as inspiration and points of departure to complicate received ideas of iconic female forms. Her vocabulary pulls from surrealism, expressionism, Hindu and Buddhist iconography, and traditional South Asian pictorial forms, connecting these sources with contemporary mass-mediated visual languages.
The animations below (click to play) were originally commissioned for the Rubin Museum of Art’s exhibition Chitra Ganesh: The Scorpion Gesture, curated by Beth Citron. They were presented later at Times Square’s Midnight Moment and at The Kochi Muzuris Bienniale 2018. This is the first time they are available for public streaming, exclusively on South Asia Institute.