Suchitra Mattai's (b.1973 Georgetown, Guyana) work explores how memory, myth, and oral traditions can be harnessed to unravel colonial and patriarchal narratives. Drawing from historic traditions including European tapestry, Indian miniature painting, and other craft-based practices like embroidery and weaving, Mattai imagines a “future space” where new mythologies emerge through celebrating and monumentalizing the experiences and labor of brown women.
Recent projects include group exhibitions at the MCA Chicago, ICA Boston, Crystal Bridges Museum, Akron Art Museum, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Sarasota Art Museum, the Sharjah Biennial, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Tampa Museum of Art, the MCA Denver, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and solo exhibitions at the Boise Museum of Art and MSU Denver. Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at the ICA San Francisco, The Tampa Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Mattai works are included in collections such as the Crocker Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Joslyn Museum, the Nasher Museum, the Portland Museum of Art (Maine), the Shah Garg Collection, the Jorge Perez Collection, the Tia Collection and the University of Michigan Museum of Art among others. Suchitra is also a recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.
Mattai received an MFA in Painting and Drawing and an MA in South Asian Art from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.