Summer Salon 2012: Rina Banerjee
The Indian born, New York City based artist Rina Banerjee has a love of materials, heritage textiles, fashion, colonial objects and furnishings, and historical architecture, due to their ability to disguise, animate, and locate their inherent meanings in her art work. She has said that her work explores "specific colonial moments that reinvent place and identity as complex diasporic experiences." Her preoccupation with the role of culture, mythology, fairy tales, anthropology, and ethnography fold into trajectories of race, exotic capital, and the forces of our migration-mobility, tourism, and global commerce. The tensions and desires created out of our individual, increased travel, and our access to information technologies, have perforated traditional boundaries, creating a malleability that reflects a globalized sense of space and a diminished experience of dominant culture paradigm.