The Ghost Effect in Real Time
Chitra Ganesh is known for her paintings, drawings and large installations that take inspiration from the traditions of mythology, science fiction, Bollywood films, and comics. In beautifully executed narrative works, she reveals and comments upon many of the underlying, often concealed, issues such as those defining femininity, eroticism, or violence that pervade our culture. The Ghost Effect in Real Time features a new body of large scale charcoal drawings and a mixed media photographic collaboration between Chitra Ganesh and Christopher Myers.
Ganesh's charcoal drawings are inspired by the early silent cinema productions of India, Germany, and the U.S. These works examine the relationships between intertwined threads of science fiction, epic myth, and Orientalism that repeat themselves as iconic moments of a lost silent cinema world. Using both compressed charcoal, and loose charcoal dust and brush, Ganesh's drawings pulse with a painterliness that echoes the loose aesthetics of early film.
Based on photographic documentation of spirit mediums, séances and ectoplasm (pseudo-scientific term for spiritual matter) popularized in the 1920s and 1930s, Haunted Documents explores the roots of photography as a doorway to other worlds, recording the ephemeral and the liminal, archiving experiences of spiritual and geographic crossroads. Chitra Ganesh and Christopher Myers reference contemporary languages of magical realism, combining large format photographic prints with material interventions that fracture and extend the dialogue about spirituality, anthropology, surface, and document.
Chitra Ganesh is a Brooklyn based artist. Her work has been widely exhibited both locally and internationally, and is included in public collections such as those of the Saatchi Collection, London and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in the Creative Arts.