Opening Soon: Rina Banerjee’s Make Me a Summary of the World

Take me, take me, take me…to the Palace of love cites nostalgic symbolism for Banerjee.
Photo via PAFA

The conversations in the art world are becoming increasingly inclusive as of late.  And while the US has still a long way to go, more often now we are seeing diverse perspectives embraced: black, Latino, Asian…

Rina Banerjee is a Bengali native whose works have been exhibited internationally, but for the first time in States, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and the San José Museum of Art (SJMA) will be exhibiting an in-depth retrospective of this contemporary artist’s practice, delving into her “complex and fanciful worlds”.

Bearded Eye
Photo via SJMA

 

The work will feel simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar.  Sculptures somewhat reminiscent of Isa Genzken, they’re draped in bright color and materials sourced from many cultures.  These are honest celebrations of diversity.

Fertility and fertilizer folded all people into one egg
Photo via Phantasmaphile

Banerjee was born in 1963 in Kolkata, India. She has lived in both London and Manhattan, where she now resides.  She has a B.S. in polymer engineering from Case Western, and an MFA from Yale in Painting/Printmaking, completed in 1993.

Banerjee with her work, Make me a summary of the world, she was his guide and had travelled on camel, rhino, elephant and kan-garoo, dedicated to dried plants, glass houses – for medical study, vegetable sexuality, self-pollination, fertilization her reach pierced the woods country by country.
Photo via LA LOUVER

While Banerjee is not exactly focused on her specific cultural identity (though, elements from her childhood do appear in her works), she is exploring the concept of self-identity and its relationship to a world full of appropriation, globalization, and diaspora. 

The exhibition asks: Should her works be seen through the lens of an Indian artist?  An American artist (what entails an American artist?)?  A female artist?  A chemist turned into professional artist?

Or simply…an artist?

Her retrospective will be on view at PAFA from Oct 27, 2018 – Mar 31, 2019.

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