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Anindita Banerjee, a twice uprooted Indian, is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher. She lives and works on the lands of the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. Her research interest includes cultural otherness, authentic identity and the sense of home. The memories of ritualistic ceremonies and mark-makings and her reconstruction of them informs her practice. Using gestural portrayals of hybrid rituals, she wonders where her place is as an immigrant to the unceded indigenous lands of present day Australia. Through her work, she tests the existence of cultural otherness and challenges the notion of fitting in to sociocultural spaces literally and metaphorically. She has exhibited at the Victoria Parliament Melbourne, Customs House Sydney, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and various other institutions and galleries. Last year, her solo, Home and Away, was held at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata. She was also part of an exhibition at the Palazzo Bembo Gallery in Venice in conjunction with the Venice Biennale 2019.

Education

 

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Deakin University, Australia, 2021)

  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) Creative Arts (Deakin University, Australia 2016) Nominated for Vice-Chancellor’s Award of Academic Excellence

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Human Resources Symbiosis CDL, Pune, India 2008

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours in English Literature - University of Calcutta, 2004)

Relevant Employment: Selected Art Consultancies and Projects (Freelancer)

 

  • Jan 2023 - Ongoing: Public Art Officer, City of Ballarat

  • Jun 2021 – Jan 2023: Arts Program Officer, Wyndham City Council

  • Oct 2021 – April 2022: Arts Activation Officer, City of Ballarat  

  • June 2017 – Oct 2021: Sessional Lecturer at Deakin University, Melbourne

  • Jan 2017 – Dec 2017: Gallery Coordinator, Project Space Gallery Geelong, Deakin University

  • Sep 2012 – Sep 2018: Director, meetDita (Community Art Studio), Wyndham

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

  • YouYang Tat Sat, Deakin Gallery Geelong, ECU Gallery, Perth, 2024

  • Holm, Treatment 3, Public Art Commission, Werribee, 2023

  • Ondormohol, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Aug 2021

  • Venetian Blind, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy, July 2019

  • Home and Away, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India, Jan 2019

  • Place Patterns, Creative Victoria Grant, Wyndham, Oct 2018

  • Sarhad, Kings ARI, City of Melbourne Arts Grant, August 2018

  • Site of Passage, Customs House, Sydney, April 2018

  • CHINDIA, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, February 2018

  • Hatched 2017, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

  • Dance of the Hindu Gods, Victoria Parliament, Sep 2016

Selected Curatorial Projects 

  • Mining Memory – POP Gallery, Port Adelaide, Feb 2024

  • EPAR OPAR – Maroondah Fed Estate Gallery, Incinerator Gallery 2024

  • Craft Lab, Ballarat Heritage Festival, May 2021

  • The Border, Kings ARI, Aug 2018 (City of Melbourne Grant)

  • Treated and Reiterated, Wyndham Art Gallery, August 2017

  • On Water, Waterfront Gallery, Deakin University, Jan 2017

  • Dance of the Hindu Gods, Victoria Parliament, Sep 2016

  • Five of the Finest, Stockland Art Space, Point Cook 2013, 2015

  • Inflorescence, Louis Joel Gallery 2015

  • Alamanda Community Art Exhibition, ECMS 2014

 

Selected Art Project Coordination

 

  • Production Coordinator, Six Moments in Kingston, 2019

  • Production Coordinator, Treatment Flightlines, 2017

  • Cultural Consultant, Indian Film Festival Melbourne, 2015

  • Art Director, Tamil Talkies, Melbourne, 2014

 

Selected Publications, Conferences and Talks

 

  • ASAA Conference, University of Sydney, 2018

  • South Asia Citywide Postgraduate Conference, Monash University, 2017

  • Dance of the Hindu Gods Symposium, September 2016

  • Indian stories Australian screen: Film Festival and Conference, RMIT, December 2016

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