Make Me a Summary of the World brings together several of Banerjee’s monumental installations in conversation with more than two dozen sculptures, as well as a thorough selection of works on paper to create an otherworldly and multi-sensory space. Using a variety of gathered materials ranging from African tribal jewelry to colorful feathers, light bulbs, and Murano glass, Banerjee’s works investigate the splintered experiences of identity, tradition, and culture, prevalent in diasporic communities. These sensuous assemblages present themselves simultaneously as familiar and unfamiliar, thriving on tensions between visual cultures and raising questions about exoticism, cultural appropriation, globalization, and feminism. Her works are paired with thought-provoking and poetic titles that are works of art in themselves, ranging in length from 50 to nearly 200 words.
Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World is co-organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and the San José Museum of Art, California.
Major support for this exhibition is made possible by the William Penn Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Exelon Foundation and PECO, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lead support for the presentation at the Fowler Museum is provided by The Martha and Avrum Bluming Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by the Fowler Contemporary Council Fund, Pasadena Art Alliance, Barbara Timmer and Catherine Benkaim, Betty and Richard Seid, Charlotte Chamberlain and Paul Wieselmann, and Connie McCreight, to date.
Image credit: Rina Banerjee (b. 1963) Make me a summary of the world! She was his guide and had traveled on camel, rhino, elephant and kangaroo, dedicated to dried plants, glass houses—for medical study, vegetable sexuality, self-pollination, fertilization her reach pierced the woods country by country, 2014, wood rhino, Chinese umbrellas, sea sponges, linen, beads, pewter soldier, grape vines, glass chandelier drops, acrylic horns, wire, nylon and bead flower, 7 x 4 ft. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels, © Rina Banerjee, Image courtesy of Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels