Visualizing absence

This lecture will consider how contemporary art practices take up the problem of visualizing absence by archiving and creating around social and political erasure. As artists and thinkers, how do we identify and respond to stories, social histories, and conflicts which we experience as crucial to our understanding of our own history, nation, or family, but yet seem difficult to extract from the public domain, or remain mysteriously absent from official records? What are the limits and possibilities of counter narratives and radical archiving practices that might enable us to...

Architectures of myth: the future is the past

This lecture will explore the power of key visual and storytelling devices central to mythological narrative and their particular ongoing legacy in contemporary visual and popular culture.I will begin by looking at the architecture of the grand epics of classical Eastern and Western traditions, such as Homer’s Odyssey, the Ramayana and the Monkey King story. Using such epics as lens, my lecture will elaborate upon why and how particular mythologies focus on eroticism and violence, analyzing constructs of time and arrangements of power.. I will offer examples drawn from my...

Chitra Ganesh

Chitra Ganesh is a Brooklyn based artist currently living and working in New Delhi. Her 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 with a BA in Comparative Literature and Art-Semiotics, and received her MFA from Columbia University in 2002. Ganesh’s work has been widely exhibited at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai), Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi), Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum voorModerneKunst (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), Royal...