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The earth and her beings have been speaking. But we failed to listen. Arctic Voices compels us to listen. We will stay deaf at our peril.—Vandana Shiva

A marvelous work, a marvelous land—hear the voices that call us to save these jewels of our planet.—James E. Hansen

Rich in the incredible diversity of animal life, the long human history of its indigenous peoples, and the vast reservoirs of oil, natural gas, and coal, the Arctic is the tipping point, the place where we will see the first glimpses of the future that awaits us, and also where great battles are now being fought that will determine whether our future will be that of survival or destruction, recovery from the brink or departures beyond the point of no return. The thirty–nine voices assembled in Arctic Voices by world–renowned photographer, writer, and activist Subhankar Banerjee…attempts to change how we look at a part of our world that we now know so little about and with a new awareness will awaken our moral obligation to help its continued survival against industrial destruction and the greed of a few. After you have read Arctic Voices, Banerjee hopes, “You will begin to think and talk about the Arctic differently than you did before. And perhaps you’ll find an answer to the question, ‘Why should I care about the Arctic?’”

—from Arctic Voices back cover

Arctic Voices is published by Seven Stories Press, New York, July 3, 2012, and is made possible by a generous grant from the Alaska Wilderness League.


Excerpts/Reviews         |       Talks/Readings  





INTERVIEWS

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INTERVIEW WITH AMY GOODMAN & JUAN GONZALEZ—WATCH ONLINE   | SLIDE SHOW & BOOK EXCERPT  

ESSAYS

Walking the Waters
How to Bring the Major Oil Companies Ashore and Halt the Destruction of Our Oceans
By Subhankar Banerjee, TomDispatch, August 2, 2012 | READ ONLINE  


Theory in the Era of Climate Change

Telemorphosis (vol. 1) — edited by Tom Cohen

Impasses of the Post–Global (vol. 2) — edited by Henry Sussman

This two–volume anthology is published by the Open Humanities Press, an imprint of MPublishing, University of Michigan Library, May 15, 2012.

Impasses of the Post–Global includes Yates McKee’s essay, “Of Survival: Climate Change and Uncanny Landscape in the Photography of Subhankar Banerjee.”

READ YATES MCKEE’S ESSAY (ARCTIC SERIES) ONLINE  

VOL. 1 ONLINE | VOL. 1 PRINT EDITION | VOL. 2 ONLINE | VOL. 2 PRINT EDITION


Subhankar Banerjee, “Where I Live I Hope To Know,” and Jessica May, “The Detective,” in Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope To Know, published by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, May 2011. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue of Subhankar’s Desert series were made possible by a generous grant from the LANNAN FOUNDATION.

       READ SUBHANKAR’S ESSAY ONLINE (pdf)       |     READ JESSICA MAY’S ESSAY ONLINE (pdf)  

Subhankar Banerjee. “Photography’s Silence of (Non)Human Communities,” in All Our Relations (18th Biennale of Sydney catalog). Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster, eds. Sydney: 18th Biennale of Sydney, June 2012. The essay is posted here with permission from the Sydney Biennale.

       READ SUBHANKAR’S ESSAY ONLINE (pdf)  

Subhankar Banerjee. “Ought Not We Establish Access to Food as A Species Right?” in Third Text special issue: Art and the Politics of Ecology. Guest Edited by T. J. Demos. London: Routledge, issue 120, Winter 2012  

Subhankar Banerjee. “Photography Changes Our Awareness of Global Issues and Responsibilities,” in Photography Changes Everything. Marvin Heiferman, ed. Copublished by New York: Aperture and Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 2012  

Lisa Bloom and Elena Glasberg. “Disappearing Ice and Missing Data: Climate Change in the Visual Culture of the Polar Regions,” in Far Fields: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles, Jane Marsching and Andrea Polli, eds. Intellect Ltd., December 2011  

Kathryn Yusoff and Jennifer Gabrys, “Climate Change and the imagination,” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages 516–534, July/August 2011  


EXHIBITIONS

[group] 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations
Sydney, Australia, June 27 – September 16, 2012  
Curated by Artistic Directors Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster

Caribou migration I (detail), from the Oil and the Caribou series, 2002

       EXHIBITION CONCEPT  |   ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES EXHIBIT PAGE

       SUBHANKAR ARTIST PAGE  |   SUBHANKAR CONVERSATION WITH MOIRA ROTH

The biennale will present an installation of Subhankar’s Arctic photographs with contextual material at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, one of the five biennale venues. Subhankar also wrote an essay titled, “Photography’s Silence of (Non)Human Communities” for the biennale catalog. Subhankar’s five photographs to be presented in the biennale are in the permanent collection of the Lannan Foundation.

[one-person] Arctic Subtext
Center Gallery, Fordham University, New York, February 17 – March 23, 2012  
Organized by Professor Jo Anna Isaak & students of Fordham University
Article in The Observer by Jackson Galan, February 15, 2012  

[group] True North: contemporary art of the circumpolar north
Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska, May 18 – September 9, 2012  
Curated by Julie Decker
This exhibition features works by forty artists, including Lillian Ball, Subhankar Banerjee, Olaf Otto Becker, Sonya Kelliher–Combs, Erica Lord, Annie Pootoogook, and Chris Jordan.

[group] Looking Back at Earth: Contemporary Environmental Photography from the Hood Museum of Art’s Collection
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, July 7 – August 26, 2012  
       NEWHAMPSHIRE.COM  |   THE DARTMOUTH

[group] Transparent
Lannan Foundation Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 28 – July 15, 2012  
Curated by Christie Mazuera Davis
Artists: Peter Alexander. Subhankar Banerjee. Uta Barth. Thomas Joshua Cooper. Gloria Graham. Morris Louis. Robert Moskowitz. Fred Sandback. Kate Shepherd. Iain Stewart. James Turrell.

[group] (Re-) Cycles of Paradise
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, October 2012 – January 2013 This exhibition is presented by ARTPORT making waves and curated by Anne–Marie Melster and Corinne Ernie  
This exhibition features works by Kim Abeles (USA), Ander Azpiri (Mexico, Spain), Subhankar Banerjee (India/USA), Charley Case/masalla (Belgium/Spain), Meschac Gaba (Benin/NL), Anita Glesta (USA), Yolanda Gutiérrez (Mexico), Perla Krauze (Mexico), Nnenna Okore (Nigeria/USA), Betsabée Romero (Mexico), Frances Whitehead (USA), Insa Winkler (Germany).

[group] Crude Realities: Art/Oil/Protest
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 2014
Curator Dr. Barbara Thompson


BOOK REVIEWS

Manuela Picq. “Listening to the Arctic,” Al Jazeera, September 27, 2012  

Ananda Banerjee. “From Kolkata to Kaktovik,” livemint/The Wall Street Journal, August 5, 2012  

Eleanor J. Badder. “Chronicling the War of Nature vs. Greed: A Review of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point,” Truthout, July 24, 2012  

Subhankar Banerjee. “Gathering Arctic Voices at the Institute, with the Woods to Inspire,” The Institute Letter, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Summer 2012  

Michael Engelhard. “We cannot drill our way out of this mess: A review of Arctic Voices,” High Country News, August 6, 2012  

John Tarantino. “Arctic Voices Review,” The Environmental Blog, August 28, 2012  

LECTURES

FALL 2012

Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska, September 8, 2012  
This lecture is in conjunction with the NEXT NORTH SYMPOSIUM and the TRUE NORTH EXHIBITION at the Anchorage Museum

Noel Wein Library, Fairbanks, Alaska, September 11, 2012  
Presented by the Northern Alaska Environmental Center as part of the Northern Voices Speaker Series.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, September 19, 2012  

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, September 20, 2012  

Busboys and Poets, Washington, DC, 6:30–8pm, September 24, 2012  

Labyrinth Books, Princeton, New Jersey, October 9, 2012  

The Anthropocene: Planet Earth in the Age of Humans, A Smithsonian Grand Challenges Symposium
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, October 11, 2012  


WINTER/SPRING 2013

Dr. James Hansen with Subhankar Banerjee, Lannan Foundation public lecture series In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom
February 20, 2013 | Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico  


WINTER/SPRING/SUMMER 2012

Subhankar Banerjee and Robert Emmet Hernan, Fordham University, New York, February 17, 2012

Stanford University Spring 2012 Artist Event, May 10, 2012
Sponsored by the Stanford University Environmental Humanities Project, the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SiCa), the Department of Art & Art History, and the Woods Institute for the Environment.   EVENT POSTER  

Seattle Arts & Lectures, Seattle Town Hall, June 21, 2012  
       SEATTLE POST–INTELLIGENCER ARTICLE BY JOEL CONNELLY  |   KUOW NPR INTERVIEW WITH STEVE SCHER

Village Books in Fairhaven, Bellingham, Washington, June 20, 2012  
       CASCADIA WEEKLY ARTICLE BY CHRISTIAN MARTIN

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