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This exhibition features a newly-commissioned mural alongside a selection of comic-inspired prints and digital animations by multimedia artist Chitra Ganesh (b. 1975). Images of monumental, hybrid female bodies that exceed the boundaries of accepted ideas of femininity are placed alongside Ganesh’s imaginative visual interpretation of Sultana’s Dream, a visionary story of a feminist utopia written by Bengali author Rokeya Sahkawat Hossain in 1905. The Scorpion Gesture, a suite of five digital animations, relates Buddhist cosmology and teachings to present social concerns. In her vibrant, otherworldly works, Ganesh combines the visual languages of contemporary popular culture, especially science fiction and mass-produced Indian comics, with traditional Hindu and Buddhist mythologies to collapse the past, present, and future, presenting time as cyclical and parallel trajectories rather than linear. Learn more.
Opening reception will take place on September 13, immediately following 4:30 p.m. lecture.
Presented by the Picker Art Gallery and the Department of Art.
Architects of the Future is generously supported by the Colgate Arts Council, with additional support from the departments of English, Religion, and History, the Film and Media Studies, Women’s Studies, LGBTQ, and Museum Studies programs, Core Communities, and University Studies.
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