A Brief Reflection

US-based artist Chitra Ganesh, whose painting and video work can be seen at Aspinwall House as part of the fourth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, spoke to a varied public audience at the Pavilion about her practice, from early works to ongoing projects. Using her portfolio as a backdrop, Ganesh discussed the aesthetic and conceptual influences that informed her work, the most obvious perhaps being the Amar Chitra Katha comics that have been wildly popular in India for decades, that she grew up reading during her summer breaks that were spent in India.

Ganesh not only re-interprets and subverts the representational language used in comics like Amar Chitra Katha by using queer, multispecies and surrealist imagery, but opens up the traditional narratives of the books by isolating frames, and introducing written poetics to the images that range from eerie, to humorous, to wildly abstract, to poignant.

During the talk, Ganesh also showed some of her more recent animation and print work, sharing her meticulous process and commitment to creating and consistently experimenting with images.

January 4, 2019