Sarnath Banerjee is the author of the graphic novels Corridor, The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers, The Harappa Files and recently All Quiet in Vikaspuri.
This talk, Liquid History, Phantom Cities, is part of the Global Issues Symposium.
Banerjee has received several fellowships, such as the MacArthur, Indian Foundation for Arts, Charles Wallace Trust Award, and Egide Bursary in Paris.
In 2012, he was commissioned for a public arts project during the London Olympics called the “Gallery of Losers.” Banerjee is also the co-founder of Phantomville, a publishing house that exclusively published graphic novels based on collaborations.
He received the young publisher award, 2008, by the British Council. Born in Calcutta, Banerjee currently lives and works out of Berlin.
Banerjee views cities as an encyclopedia of characters and locales. He looks at them through the lens of the uncanny and the spectral.
From the Homeric tale of a man digging a hole into the center of earth in search of a mythical river to the water wars of Delhi, to the gossips and rumors of 18th century Calcutta, to a tale set at the heart of Old Delhi’s aphrodisiac market: his talk will touch the extramundane world of a phantom city that lies beneath the visible.
He will share his experience of working on a commission by Bhao Daji Lal Museum, Mumbai, in which he is writing a fragmented radio play based on fictitious interviewers that talk about their brush with the eerie.
By placing these fragments around the museum he hopes to produce an alternative cartography of the city that the visitors navigate the through and reflect on the current political climate in India.