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

 

  • Pursuing Doctor of Philosophy (Deakin University, Australia, Thesis Submitted)

  • 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)

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

  • Everything that Exists in the Current, Due West Festival, Footscray, Nov 2019

  • Venetian Blind, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, July 2019

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

  • Place Patterns, Various Public Places, Wyndham, 2018

  • Testing Place, The Project Space, Geelong, Nov 2018

  • Sarhad 2018, Kings ARI, Melbourne, August 2018

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

  • CHINDIA, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, February 2018

  • Colour of Desire 2017, South Oakleigh Secondary College Auditorium

  • Art and Performance by Research 2017, Deakin Art Gallery, Burwood

  • Hatched 2017, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

  • Wyndham Art Prize 2017, Wyndham Art Gallery (Winner of People’s Choice Award)

  • Sakrid, Wyndham Gallery, September 2016

  • Identikit, Sally Walker Project Space, Deakin Univesity, August 2016

  • Welcome, Race, Wyndham City Council, August 2016

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

  • All Day Alpona, Courthouse Youth Arts, Geelong, July 2016

  • RAW Signature, Melbourne Pavilion, April 2016

  • LAND, Foyer Art Space, Altona Civic Centre, April - May 2015

  • Small Works Exhibition 2014, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne

  • LavARTon Show, 2013

  • Open Studios of the West, November 2012, Maribyrnong Council

  • The Rainbow, Talent 2 Art Space, Malvern, September 2012

 

Selected Residency Projects and Grants

 

  • Venetian Blind, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, 2019

  • City of Melbourne Arts Grant, 2018

  • Place Patterns, Community Lead Artist, Wyndham City Council, 2017

  • Wyndham Art Spaces Residency, Feb - Apr 2016

  • Alamanda Kindergarten Art Residency, Jan – Apr 2014

  • meetDita Art Studio, Sep 2012 – Sep 2018

 

Selected Curatorial Projects

 

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

  • Treated and Reiterated, Wyndham Art Gallery, August 2017

  • On Water, Sally Water Project Space, Deakin University, January 2017

  • Dance of the Hindu Gods, Victoria Parliament, September 2016 (Associate Curator)

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

  • Inflorescence by Maitri, Louis Joel Gallery 2015

 

Relevant Employment: Sessional Lecturer at Deakin University, Melbourne (2017 - Ongoing)

  • Art and Performance: New Directions for Creative Practice

  • Materialising the Image: Visual Art and Photography since 1989

  • Contemporary Debates in the Creative Arts

  • Art and Performance: Roles of the Artist

  • Painting in the Visual Arts​

 

Relevant Employment: Selected Art Consultancies and Projects (Freelancer)

 

  • Production Coordinator, Six Moments in Kingston, 2019

  • Conference Coordinator, ICCCM 2019                

  • Production Coordinator, Dancing Between Two Worlds, 2018

  • Lead Artist, Place Patterns, 2018

  • Coordinator, Treatment Flightlines, Melbourne Water, 2017

  • Gallery Coordinator, Sally Walker Project Space, 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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