Sarnath Banerjee

Born 1972, India

After getting a degree in biochemistry, Sarnath Banerjee received an MA in Image and communication from Goldsmiths College. He wrote graphic novels, Corridor, published by Penguin (India) and Vertige Graphics (France), 2004 and  Barn Owl’s wondrous Capers, on the scandals of 18th century Calcutta by Penguin (India)  and Denoel (France), 2007.

He has received several fellowships, such as the MacArthur, Indian foundation for Arts, Charles Wallace trust award, Egide bursary in Paris. He has been as a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart and Institute of Advanced studies, Budapest.

His drawings and videos have been exhibited at the museum Fondazione Sandretto re rebaudengo, Torino, 2006, IfA gallery Stuttgart, 2006, IFA gallery Berlin, 2005, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London June 2003, Oxo tower, Barge House, London July 2003, Karton Gallery, Budapest, 2007, Kunstmuseum Bern, 2007, Project 88, Bombay, Khoj Live Arts, 2008, Mori Museum, 2008, Arco show, Madrid 2009.
Most recently he has participated at the Sao Paolo Biennale in 2008 and Frieze Art Fair, 2009. His films have fetched awards, such as Digital film festival, Delhi, Mocha film award, Bombay.

Sarnath Banerjee runs a publishing house, Phantomville that exclusively publishes graphic novels. He has co-published The believers and Kashmir Pending.
He has received the young publisher award, 2008, by the British Council.

In 2011 Banerjee’s gallery Project 88 collaborated with Harper Collins India to publish Harappa Files, a series of graphic commentaries by Sarnath Banerjee. The book looks at India as a nation attempting to reconcile with a rapid series of socio-political changes, and yet at the same time unable to let go of its past.

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