SPEAKER: Dr. Anindita Banerjee
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.
Anindita is a participant in the panel discussion, bringing a knowledge of living and working independently in Ballarat.