TALK: Subhankar Banerjee: A Tale of Two Deserts

Subhankar Banerjee: A Tale of Two Deserts

516 ARTS presented a special talk in the fields of the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge with Subhankar Banerjee, the new Lannan Chair and Professor of Art and Ecology at the University of New Mexico. Drawing upon more than fifteen years of engagement as an artist and writer with two geographies undergoing rapid climate change—Arctic Alaska and northern New Mexico—in this talk, Banerjee will discuss the impacts of climate change and the significance of art in addressing politics of ecology and sustainability. He will talk about the conservation battles to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Arctic seas of Alaska from oil and gas development, environmental justice campaigns of the northern indigenous peoples, and show how ecology connects wildlife refuges across Alaska and New Mexico.

SUBHANKAR BANERJEE is an Indian born American artist and writer focusing on environmental conservation, indigenous human rights, resource wars and climate change. His photographs have been exhibited around the world, including the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Nottingham Contemporary, New Mexico Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; and essays have been published widely, including in the anthologies Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies and the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology. Banerjee is editor of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point and received a Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Award.

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
7851 2nd St. SW, South Valley


This event was made possible in part by the Friends of Valle de Oro.



Image: Subhankar Banerjee, Snow Geese I, 2002