Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Perspectives: Rina Banerjee
When: through June 8, 2014
The Sackler has a series of works of contemporary Asian art in its main entrance on the ground floor (which, since the museum is underground, is the top floor). I usually have a glance at these works as I'm on my way to see other exhibits on the floors below. Today, I stopped and had a real gander at the latest in the series, an interesting work by Rina Banerjee.
It's title is horrifically long, but begins "A World Lost..." so that's how I'm planning to think of it in future. Banerjee was born in 1963, which means this year marked her 50th birthday. As that milestone approaches in my own life, I'm starting to have thoughts about what I want to accomplish before I turn 50. Although I would love to create a work of art (highly unlikely to occur, since I am once of the least artistically talented people I know), I don't think I could dream up anything even close to "A World Lost..."
To say it's an odd piece is a gross understatement. Banerjee's work focuses on the movement of people from one place on the globe to another, starting with the increase of tourism in the 19th century to the massive migrations that happen today. This particular piece is meant to represent rivers in India, where Banerjee is from. It's terribly difficult to describe this piece, but it involves lots of shells, stones and coins spread on the floor, in what I suppose do look like rivers or streams. What the plastic cups were meant to be, I can't fathom.
Verdict: Go ahead, have a look. You're in the Sackler already to see something else, and you can get the gist of this pretty quickly.