Through Positive Eyes is a large-scale photography and storytelling project that illuminates the life experiences of more than 130 people living with HIV and AIDS. The exhibition presents 50 of these personal statements—photo-essays and videos generated over the past 12 years. The works include intimate self-portraits as well as everyday imagery of relationships, bodies, hobbies, and more abstract meditations on joy, grief, and resilience. Participating photographers hail from 10 cities across the globe, including Johannesburg, Los Angeles, London, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro—a multitude of disparate voices that coalesce around one core tenet: a belief that challenging stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS is the most effective method for combating the epidemic.
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.