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जत्रा (Ja-tra) : A Feeling At The Beginning Of Time

May 31 - November 5, 2023

Images from left to right:   May Ling Kopecky Self Portrait - Multiple Sclerosis and My Body, 2022  colored pencil, ink, and graphite on Dura-Lar and graph paper; 71" x 30"  ︎︎︎Image description: The portrait of a woman with brown hair is made of drawings of various parts of her body created using various techniques. Next to each drawing is a description of the portaied symptoms.   Benjamin Merrit Care is, 2020                                                              etching, aquatint, drypoint, sugarlift, spitbite; image 18 x 24”, full sheet 22 x 30”            ︎︎︎Image description: One black and white print, consisting of “care is” written in white on the top half, and a white rectangle on the bottom half. The text is sitting on a dark field of texture and gestural marks, the blank rectangle consists of faint texture.   Kym McDaniel Screenshot from Exit Strategy #1, Exit Strategies Series, 2017-2021  video series; 40:23 min  ︎︎︎Image description: Silver spoons arranged on a table

Roshan Ganu, Self-Portrait at the Fair, Digital collage of imagery from the Bodgeshwar Fair and my body, 2023.

जत्रा (Ja-tra) : A Feeling At The Beginning Of Time

On View May 31 - November 5, 2023 in the Davies Gallery

Curated by Zoe Cinel

Artist Talk & Reception | Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 PM

Artist Spotlight Tours | Saturday, Oct. 7 at 11 am, Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 pm & Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 pm

About the exhibition

The Rochester Art Center presents a solo exhibition by Minneapolis-based artist Roshan Ganu. ‘जत्रा’ (pronounced ja-tra) is a Marathi word for a town/village fair. A place where people and vendors come from near and far to be enchanted by an old, familiar charm: puppet shows, Death Valley, cotton candy, shimmery fabric blouses, fake gold jewelry, plastic toys, steel utensils, the smell of roasted peanuts and popcorn, on a wide expanse of land. Above all the Giant Wheel, the star attraction seen looming even from a distance, and guides those who are lost. Being lost. I am lost. Are you lost? She is lost. They are lost. We are all lost. It is the beginning of time.

For the Davies Gallery at the Art Center, Ganu created a multimedia installation of the liminal space that is a ‘जत्रा’ (jatra) at night. Visitors are invited to be lost, slow down, explore and contemplate to find their own place within Ganu’s poetic narrative. 

About the artist

Roshan Ganu is a multimedia artist originally from Goa, presently based in Minneapolis. Her practice uses iterations of light, darkness, moving image, space and time to explore the poignant states of our human condition. She is interested in the interflow of meaning between the linguistic, visual, experiential and transdisciplinary.  Her work brings a narrative, a moment or an emotion to life wherein she employs the tools of linguistics, space, time, moving image and narrative to meet her audience in a space of vulnerability. ‘Isolation’ is the predominant framework through which she perceives the human condition, the overriding subtext in her work. 

Ganu is presently the MCAD-Jerome Foundation Fellow 2022-23. She has been a recipient of the 2021-22 Next Step Fund Award by Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the MNiatures grant by Minnesota Opera in 2021. She concluded her Fall 2022 artist residency at Soo Visual Arts Center with a culminating solo exhibition, and was the 2021-22 artist-in-residence at Second Shift Studio Space in St. Paul. She is currently a Foundation Studies Professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is also the co-founder and lead artist of Aapli Zine Library in Northeast Minneapolis, a public interest project supported by MRAC’s Arts Impact For Groups and Springboard For The Arts.

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