Cut-Price Paradise

13 July - 29 July, 2017
Cut-Price Paradise
Cut-Price Paradise


Artist(s):
Sarnath Banerjee$ART0012

Project 88 is pleased to present Cut-Price Paradise, six animation films by Sarnath Banerjee that explore the idiosyncratic textures of urban life to broadly comment on human behavior and identity. He playfully dramatizes mundane moments to make viewers reexamine their perceptions of history and the value of knowledge. 
 
1943
English, 7 min, 2007, India
Looking through the lens of childhood ambitions, this film addresses the societal and cultural impacts of the Bengal Famine.
 
Bachelor of 21 Dreams
English, 8 min, 2011, India
“Men live in buildings; buildings live in men.” Through his iconic “city of gates”, Banerjee translates the relationship between a city and its people.
 
Bengali Tourist
English, 4 min, 2003, India
 With reference to legendary explorer Ibn Battuta as well as Bengali  local Digital Datta, this film questions the value of travel.

Hakim Tartoosi's Potency Oil
English, 21 min, 2001, India
A clay animation pokes fun at sexual insecurity fostered in a conservative middle class environment.
 
Paradise Locked
English, 10 min, 2011, India
In a backdrop of religious fanaticism, Banerjee investigates individual versus collective identities in campus culture, varying career paths, and family life.
 
Sophistication is Fragile
English, 6 min, 2009, India
The film weighs the value of knowledge, art, and aesthetic markers of civilization against military power.