Sultana's Dream: Lions are Stronger than Men and more art by Chitra Ganesh

Sultana's Dream: Lions are Stronger than Men, 2018
20.1 x 16.1 inch (h x w)
linocut on BFK Rives Tan
edition 4/35

The United States, b. 1975

Chitra Ganesh literally interprets certain moments from this pioneering work of feminist science fiction: the opening scene in the easy chair, for example, or a military battle won by wielding an inventive solar weapon. Other images describe and build upon Ladyland’s architecture and environment, further elucidating Hossain's vivid atmosphere.

Far from mere illustration, however, the portfolio, in the artist’s words, “connects with problems shaping 21st-century life: apocalyptic environmental disaster, the disturbing persistence of gender-based inequality, the power of the wealthy few against the economic struggles of the majority, and ongoing geopolitical conflicts that cause widespread death and suffering.” Like much of Ganesh’s work, ​Sultana’s Dream ​engages these subjects through the lens of history, literature, and mythology, not only to examine the relationship between imagined and lived worlds but also to consider how utopian fantasies might be realized.

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, 2019.17.11 UCPC, © Chitra Ganesh and Durham Press, image courtesy of Durham Press

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