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b. 1963, India

Rina Banerjee Biography

Born in Calcutta in 1963, but raised in London and New York, Rina Banerjee’s sculptural assemblages of textiles, fashion items, colonial objects, furnishings, taxidermy and organic materials, sourced from New York junk shops are configured into new and exotic arrangements. Her works have included such unusual materials as taxidermied alligators, wooden cots, fish bones, ostrich eggs, feathers and antique furnishings, forming a visual language steeped in mythology and fairy tales. Banerjee confronts Orientalism and the legacy of British colonial rule in paintings and sculptures, lacing her semi-erotic pictures with pseudo-spiritual imagery that could allude to Hindu mysticism. 

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Her titles are frustratingly childlike – long, garbled and misspelled sentences that seem to veer off on tangents that undermine the fairytales she alludes to. One reads: Goldielocks, when and where can our desire to reach be? In the larger world she can roam and not be still … then does temptations turn to know and curiosity can rock – leaving her cut, cut free.This use of folklore implies that Banerjee is attempting to find connections between cultures – her artworks representing a collective cultural confusion brought about by immigration and exile. Yet ultimately her paintings and installations are seductive constructions. The gold leaf, the watery dribbles of hot pink, the hybrid forms – all are as infatuating as sirens, offering the lure and terror of the exotic. 

Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Biennale (2000), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2003), Brooklyn Museum of Art (2004), Fatal Love: South American Art Now at The Queens Museums of Art, New York (2005), Greater New York Show at PS1/MOMA, New York (2005), a solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2008), Boghossian Foundation, Brussels (2010). In 2011, she held a solo show Rina Barnerjee: Chimeras of India and The West at Musée Guimet, Paris.

Rina Banerjee In Related Press

Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for Fall 2019 Related Press Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for Fall 2019 10 September 2019, Hyperallergic

Below you'll find a fun mix of museum and gallery shows, performances, and film screenings taking place over the next few months in the greater Los Angeles area. We know how hard it is to keep track of all that's going on, so we've compiled some of the events that stood out to us and organized them according to theme and type. We're hoping...

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The India Art Fair 2016 scorecard: spotlighting India's great artists Related Press The India Art Fair 2016 scorecard: spotlighting India's great artists 10 February 2016, Art Radar Journal

With most galleries opting to display a rather safe selection of artwork of ‘saleable artists’, the fair lacked an element of freshness and missed those few moments of surprise. Nevertheless, the selection of art on show provided a level of comfort for both the uninitiated collector and for the existing contemporary art collector....

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5 Highlights from the Asian Art Biennial 2015 Related Press 5 Highlights from the Asian Art Biennial 2015 15 October 2015, Art Radar

Founded in 1988 under the auspices of the Taiwan Provincial Government’s Department of Education, NTMoFA was and remains the only public fine arts museum in Taiwan. In a push to downsize the Provincial Government in 1999, the museum was transferred into the hands of the Council of Cultural Affairs (now the Ministry of Culture as of 2012), and...

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Review: Rina Banerjee's "Migration's Breath" at Ota Fine Arts Related Press Review: Rina Banerjee's "Migration's Breath" at Ota Fine Arts 10 March 2015, Art Agenda

In Rina Banerjee’s exhibition “Migration’s Breath,” the Indian-born, New York-based artist’s sculptures are like mystical creatures borne out of an enticing mixture of natural and commercial detritus—plastic, cowry shells, brightly colored ribbons, light bulbs, doll parts, feathers, rope. Her works on paper...

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