Artist Rina Banerjee explores the questions of culture, mythology, fairy tales, anthropology and ethnography.
Anchored by: Manasi Tahalani
Photographs: Courtesy the artist
Known for her large-scale sculptures and installations made from materials sourced throughout the world, Rina Banerjee’s works investigates the splintered experiences of identity, tradition, and culture, prevalent in diasporic communities. Born in Kolkata in 1963, Rina was raised in the United Kingdom and United States, she has a degree in science and has also worked as a polymer research chemist. She left her profession to pursue her MFA in Fine Arts from Yale University and the artist currently divides her time between New York City and Philadelphia. Using a variety of gathered materials ranging from African tribal jewelry to colourful feathers, light bulbs, and Murano glass, Rina’s art celebrates diversity at every level.
The 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. The artist’s works are paired with thought-provoking and poetic titles that are works of art in themselves, ranging in length from 50 to 180 words. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is presenting its major fall exhibition — Rina Banerjee — Make Me a Summary of the World which would be the first in-depth examination into the artist’s work, that would consider Rina in both American and global frameworks, specifically in relation to her intersectional approach to feminism.