Thursday 28 January
India Art Fair
28 – 31 January, 2016
The Body, that which is everything, that could then be something, an object, could also be nothing.
There was no thirst for her, no essential belonging. She was a body without organs, of no mind, without brain, of no heart, no liver, no need of her own, a vessel dried of all being. When tipped to she could be poured on command, would lean her back to a timeless emptying. She was a storage for new birth, even a girl-less birth upon command, a shelf to lay humanity's DNA, a thing before currency. The Uncatchable drink before true thirst. When will she rise upright.
Banerjee, who was born in Kolkata, India and lives in New York, works with a cosmopolitan eclecticism that reflects both her transnational background and her sophisticated understanding of the narrative power of objects. Using trinkets made for the tourist trade, horn, bone, feathers, shells, textiles, glass bottles and antiques, she assembles rapturous sculptures that are mystifyingly shamanistic, yet overflowing with connotation. Her works are hyper-ornamented and lushly seductive. Conjoining rarities with cheap, mass-produced bric-a-brac, she appropriates extravagantly while rejecting hierarchies of material, culture and value.
Rina Banerjee (b. 1963, Kolkata, India) received a BS in Polymer Engineering and worked as a research chemist before completing her MFA at Yale in 1995. Her work was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial, the 2005 and 2015 Greater New York Shows at PS1/MOMA, the 2013 Venice Biennale’s Murano Glass Project, and the 2015 Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung). Recent solo exhibitions include the Smithsonian Museum’s Sackler Galleries (Washington DC) and the Musée Guimet (Paris). Her work is in the collections of the Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi), Kiran Nadar Museum (New Delhi), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Brooklyn Museum (New York), Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), and many others.