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Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point
Edited by Subhankar Banerjee
Seven Stories Press, New York, hardcover 3 July 2012, paperback 20 August 2013

READ SUBHANKAR’S INTRODUCTION IN ARCTIC VOICES (PDF)  

In Arctic Voices, long–term issues of global importance—the exploitation of wild places for fossil fuels, and whether we’re determined to ride our energy binge to the grim end—are made immediate and vivid … One of the great strengths of Arctic Voices is that it shows how Alaska and the Arctic are tied to the places where most of us live. … In this impassioned book, Banerjee shows a situation so serious that it has created a movement, where “voices of resistance are gathering, are getting louder and louder.” May his heartfelt efforts magnify them.—Ian Frazier, The New York Review of Books  

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

Part of our failure to recognise the dangers at stake is that the Arctic still tends to be perceived as a big barren desert of ice, apolitical and disconnected from our political concerns, up for grabs. The book Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point offers an encyclopedic approach to reframe such understandings.—Manuela Picq, Al Jazeera

Their reverence for, and connection to, the earth—its animals, water, mountains and land—is beautifully described in Arctic Voices, and each essay is as much a prayer as a call to activism.—Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout


ESSAYS

In the Beautiful, Threatened North

By Ian Frazier, The New York Review of Books, Volume 60, Number 4, March 7, 2013

Frazier’s generous essay is a review of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point.

READ IAN FRAZIER’S ESSAY ONLINE  



Can Shell Be Stopped?—A Letter to the Editors

By Subhankar Banerjee, The New York Review of Books, Vol. 60, No. 10, June 6, 2013

READ SUBHANKAR’S LETTER ONLINE  



Keep the Arctic Cold

By Subhankar Banerjee, Seven Stories Press, May 17, 2013

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Book Review—Arctic Voices
By Reinhard Hennig
Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2013, pages 142–144

ECOZON@ is a journal of ecocriticism published by GIECO (Spanish Research Group on Ecocritical Studies) and EASLCE (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment).

In their entirety, the diverse texts gathered in Arctic Voices … give a multifaceted insight into a region whose ecosystems have already during the past century undergone substantial change through pollution, resource exploitation and military use. With global warming, direct and indirect environmental risks are multiplied. The volume’s most outstanding feature is that it shows the Arctic not as a sublime wilderness devoid of human beings, but as a region in which people have been living for a long time, and in which contemporary developments threaten not only nature, but in a great measure also indigenous cultures. … Through making both victimisation and resistance visible, Arctic Voices is itself an important contribution to the struggle for environmental justice in the far North.

READ REINHARD HENNIG’S ESSAY ONLINE (PDF)  



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 ONLINE  

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


Where I Live I Hope To Know
An exhibition catalog 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 CURATOR JESSICA MAY’S ESSAY ONLINE (pdf)  


Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology

Third Text, Volume 27, Issue 1, January 2013, Routledge, London
Edited by T. J. Demos


This Third Text special issue includes sixteen essays by scholars from around the world, including Subhankar’s essay, “Ought We Not to Establish ‘Access to Food’ As a Species Right?.”

READ T. J. DEMOS’S INTRODUCTION ONLINE  

READ SUBHANKAR’S ESSAY ONLINE  

Subhankar will give lectures in the following symposiums that mark the release of this Third Text special issue

    Where Are We Going, Walt Whitman?
    An ecosophical roadmap for artists and other futurists
 
    Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 13, 2013

    Eco–Aesthetics: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology  
    History of Art, University College London, March 2, 2013


The 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations

Edited by Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster
Biennale of Sydney, 2012


The biennale catalog includes Subhankar’s essay, “Photography’s Silence of (Non)Human Communities.”
It is posted here with permission from the Sydney Biennale.

       READ SUBHANKAR’S ESSAY ONLINE (pdf)  




LECTURES

James Hansen with Subhankar Banerjee
Lannan Foundation lecture series In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom
Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, February 20, 2013 (SOLD OUT)

WATCH VIDEOS OF THE EVENT ONLINE  

Where Are We Going, Walt Whitman? An ecosophical roadmap for artists and other futurists
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 13, 2013  

Artist lecture and discussion with students
The Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 14, 2013

Eco–Aesthetics: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology
History of Art, University College London, March 2, 2013  

Discussion with MA students
Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, March 5, 2013

PostNatural // SLSA Conference 2013
The 27th annual meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)
University of Notre Dame, October 3–6, 2013  
Subhankar will give a plenary speech at the conference on October 4
Some of his photographs will also be shown at the Snite Museum of Art, in conjunction with the conference.

INTERVIEWS

Subhankar Banerjee in conversation with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez
Democracy Now!, July 20, 2012

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


EXHIBITIONS

[group] Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775–2012
Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington, November 2, 2013–March 2, 2014  

[one-person] Arctic Photographs
Snite Museum of Art, The University of Notre Dame, Indiana, October 2013

[one-person] Arctic Subtext
Esther Massry Gallery, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York, January 20 – March 1, 2013  

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


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