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Surabhi Ghosh, MFA, BFA

Associate Professor, Fibres and Material Practices, Studio Arts


Surabhi Ghosh, MFA, BFA
Exhibition view, 2017
Photo by Guy L'Heureux
Office: S-EV 2823 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4259
Email: surabhi.ghosh@concordia.ca
Website(s): surabhighosh.com

Teaching activities

2020-21 Academic Year

On sabbatical / research leave; returning Fall 2021

2019-20 Courses

FBRS 396 / Topics in Fibres Surfaces: Potentials of Pattern (fall)
FBRS 260 / Textile Printing and Dyeing (fall and winter)
FBRS 611/613 / MFA Studio in Fibres & Material Practices (winter)


Areas of expertise

Analog & digital repeat patterning; silkscreen printing and other textile print and dye processes; hand embroidery; hand and machine sewn construction; off-loom fibres structures; mixed-media installation; material-based drawing; visual storytelling; book binding, 'zines and self-publishing.


Research

Research Statement

Through site-responsive installations, Surabhi Ghosh brings the periphery of social experience and material culture to the center, connecting the marginalization of gendered and racialized bodies to the delegitimization of the material-objects permeating the edges of inhabited spaces. Often dismissed as decorative, these subjects shape identities, reflect shifts in cultural ideology, and reveal competing political narratives. Using repetitive actions like stitching,cutting, and beading, Ghosh works accumulatively, exploiting the tensions and imperfections in handmade patterns to give material and spatial form to cyclical narratives of pride and shame. Incorporating her experiences as a North American descendant of South Asian ancestors, her recent work investigates the transmission of nationalism to and from diasporic people.

Installation view, Ananta Undone, 2017
Photo credit: Photo: Guy L'Heureux

Research areas

Pattern and repetition; storytelling and visual narratives; materiality and site-responsive installation; textile history; colonialism; nationalism; cultural diaspora; intersectionality; critical visuality

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