Phoolan Devi's Other Life

Guest Lecture, Dr. Sarita Heer, Loyola University Chicago

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019 10:00-11:00 am

Location: Kirkland Fine Arts Center Room 128

Dr. Sarita K. Heer is a Lecturer of Art History in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Loyola University Chicago. Her area of expertise is contemporary South Asian art and visual culture with an especial interest in women artists and images of women.

Title Lecture:  Destabilizing Indian Womanhood Through Masquerade: Chitra Ganesh’s Bandit Queen

Chitra Ganesh is known for her paintings, video and installations that challenge the assumption of womanhood, sometimes more specifically Indian womanhood, as a stable sign. The works do so by examining the subject as a dichotomy: women are seen as both the victims and instigators of violence and are simultaneously depicted as both submissive and subversive. By a careful examination of two of Chitra Ganesh’s paintings, I will unpack, through the lens of Joan Riviere’s psychological theory on masking, how these simultaneous contradictions work to destabilize Indian womanhood.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact: Dr. Mirela Tanta (

Event Date

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 10:00am