John Steffl Gallery | October 18 - December 12, 2021
Artist Talk and Reception: October 21, 5 - 8pm
Each of us strives to belong to a place, to a culture, to a community. But people experiencing displacement in the form of migration (voluntary or forced) find themselves in what artist Roshan Ganu describes as a hybrid state. In this state rests a conglomeration of memories and cultural objects intertwined with the moments of a new reality. Experiencing In the Presence of Longing, viewers interact with Ganu’s poignant projections and mingle with three-dimensional collages. Each piece reflects how Ganu fosters comfort and belonging in her own life. Drawing from her childhood and cultural identity formed in Goa, India, Ganu examines how memories inform her present-day reality of living in the midwestern United States.
Image Credit: Roshan Ganu, “Utkantha: Longing,” neon lettering in Marathi, vinyl lettering in English, video (photo ink, water, light and animation), 2021, size varies by location.
Roshan Ganu is a multimedia narrative artist originally from Goa, India, now based in Minneapolis. She has conceptualized art-directed stories for the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Minnesota Opera. Ganu is an awardee of the Next Step Fund Grant 2021 by MRAC and the Artists Respond: Combating Social Isolation grant by Springboard for the Arts, through which she co-founded “Aapli Library,” a zine space for community and conversation in Minneapolis.
The Duluth Art Institute's programs and services are made possible in part through the support of the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2018.