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Chitra Ganesh: On Disobedience

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Courtesy Chitra Ganesh

For this lecture, organized in conjunction with “Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room,” artist Chitra Ganesh will draw upon her recent visual research on the aesthetics and performative gestures of protest, exploring the notion of disobedience as it has been mobilized in political protest and social movements outside of the United States. Ganesh will share images and texts that elaborate on forms of disobedience—as harnessed most specifically in the Global South—that challenge structural power and actualize social change, drawing attention to state-sponsored violence and erasures enacted on human bodies.

For over a decade, Ganesh’s drawing-based practice has probed mythological and queer narratives to develop complex visual iconographies of female subjectivity and power. Her work has been widely exhibited locally and internationally, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts.

Sponsors

“Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room” is made possible by support provided by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibitions Fund.

Artist commissions at the New Museum are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artist Commissions Fund. Artist residencies are made possible, in part, by Laurie Wolfert.

Further exhibition support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Special thanks to A Blade of Grass.

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