Sultana's Dream: Justice is Virtue and more art by Chitra Ganesh

Sultana's Dream: Justice is Virtue, 2018
20.1 x 16.1 inch (h x w)
linocut on BFK Rives Tan
edition 4/35

The United States, b. 1975

Sultana’s Dream was inspired by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s early 20th-century story of the same title. The prints—all black linocuts on tan paper—illustrate elements of the text and use its imagery and themes to explore urgent topics of the political present.

Hossain’s 1905 short story begins in reverie: “One evening, I was lounging in an easy chair in my bedroom and thinking lazily of the condition of Indian womanhood.” The narrator is soon led on an oneiric stroll through “Ladyland,” a utopian matriarchy where women have harnessed the power of the sun to live prosperously and efficiently. Education and compassion for refugees are paramount, and men remain indoors, in domestic spaces.

Ganesh's work has been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally at venues including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Asia Society, New York City; Queens Museum of Art, New York City; the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Berkeley Art Museum, CA; San José Museum, CA; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; Fondazione Sandretto re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; the Saatchi Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China; Gwangju Contemporary Arts Centre, Gwangju, South Korea; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, China; Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany; Kunsthalle Exnergrasse, Vienna, Austria; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, (King Shivaji Museum), Mumbai, India; Institut Valencià d’Arte Modern, Valencia, Spain; and most recently the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India. She has had solo presentations at MoMA PS1 and the Brooklyn Museum, New York City; Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PA; and most recently in 2018 at the Rubin Museum of Art and The Kitchen, New York City.

Ganesh has received numerous awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Creative Arts, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Her works are held in prominent collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Devi Art Foundation, Delhi, India; Michael Berger Gallery Collection, Pittsburg, PA; Deutsche Bank Collection, Philadelphia, PA; San José Museum of Art, CA; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

Ganesh ​lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BA from Brown University in comparative literature and art semiotics, an MFA from Columbia University, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture.

Printed and published by Durham Press.

Union College Permanent Collection, 2019.17.5 UCPC, © Chitra Ganesh and Durham Press, image courtesy of Durham Press

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