Subhanker Banerjee, "Why Should I Care About the Arctic? Politics of Extraction and Justice in the Near North," February 21

Photograph by Subhankar Banerjee
Photograph by Subhankar Banerjee
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108

Join us from 5:30 -7:30 pm for Subhanker Banerjee, "Why Should I Care About the Arctic? Politics of Extraction and Justice in the Near North." This artist talk is part of EXTRACTION, a research program exploring the industrial operations which abuse natural resources and thrive off of labor exploitation and racialized impoverishment. EXTRACTION is sponsored by the Center for Creative Ecologies.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Metered parking is available in the Performing Arts lot.

In this presentation, photographer and activist Subhankar Banerjee will discuss the social significance and crucial political potential of art during the time of the Trump administration. Banjerjee will focus particularly on the challenges and issues surrounding significant bio-cultural areas in the land and seas of Arctic Alaska, an area the administration has promised to swiftly and aggressively open up to oil and gas development. And, he will discuss how what he calls “peripatetic photography” can operate as a portal to social-environmental activism and interdisciplinary scholarship. According to such a model, which Banerjee practices in his own work, photography holds the capacity to advance integration of knowledge across disciplines, and practices across cultures, in order to mobilize resistance against destructive resource extraction.

A self-taught artist and writer and an accidental activist, Subhankar Banerjee is Lannan Chair of Land Arts of the American West and Professor of Art and Ecology at the University of New Mexico. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Nottingham Contemporary and Biennale of Sydney; and writing published in anthologies and progressive media, including Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies and TomDispatch. Over the past sixteen years his work primarily addressed resource wars, climate change, and indigenous human rights in the Arctic, and contributed to defeating and/or slowing down oil and gas development in some of the biologically and culturally significant places, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Teshekpuk Lake wetland, and the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. He collaborates closely with the Gwich’in and the Iñupiat indigenous communities in Arctic North America. Banerjee is editor of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point. He has been working on a long-term visual ecology (Arctic, desert, forest) trilogy on (non)human.


Artists’ Lecture and Film Screening Series

*All lectures and screenings are on Tuesday evenings, 5:30 -7:30 pm, in DARC 108 at UC Santa Cruz unless otherwise noted.

1/17 Presentation by Matthew Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation

1/24 Presentation by Ed Morris and Susannah Sayler of The Canary Project

1/31 Screening of Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle’s Goodbye Gauley Mountain, 2013, with Artists’ Presentation

2/14 Screening of The Otolith Group’s The Radiant, 2012

2/21 Presentation by Subhankar Banerjee

2/28 Screening of the following shorts videos:
-David Kelly / Patty Chang, Spiritual Myopia, 2015
-Harun Farocki, Silver and the Cross, 2010
-Sammy Baloji, Mémoire, 2007

3/7 Screening of Elizabeth Knafo’s Rare Earth, 2014 and Presentation by the artist

3/14 Screening of Sanjay Rawal’s Food Chains, 2014, with Presentation by Ann López (Center for Farmworker Families)

Field Trips

Saturday, March 11

Visit the Harrisons’ Future Garden (with Newton Harrison), and to the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program research garden (with Rick Flores and members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band), Arboretum, UC Santa Cruz

Sunday, May 7

Farmworker Reality Tour in Watsonville with Ann López of the Center for Farmworker Families


May 12-13 (Friday at the Multi-Purpose Room at College Nine and Ten; Saturday at the Nonviolent Resource Center)

Confirmed speakers include: Jason Moore, Brian Holmes and Claire Pentecost, Anne Quirynen, Caleb Ben, representative from NoDAPL, Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos