Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, 2010
Image: Subhankar Banerjee, Dead Piñon Where Birds Gather in Autumn; On My Way to the Powerline, 2009. Digital dye coupler print. Courtesy of the artist.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art received a grant in support of its exhibition and catalogue, Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope to Know, on view from May 14 to August 28, 2011. Over the past four years, Banerjee has created an archive of photographs made within a five-mile perimeter of his home in El Dorado, New Mexico. He began the project with the cholla plant, a cactus that plays an essential role in the ecology of the high desert, then moved on to piñon trees, mostly dead, which create habitats for a vibrant bird culture, and completed the series with images of the New Mexico skies.
This project was born from Banerjee’s curiosity about the range of biodiversity in his immediate surroundings. Where I Live I Hope to Know features fifteen never-before-seen, large color photographs and covers the decimation of old growth piñon trees due to an explosion in the population of bark beetles, a direct result of global warming. In response to his concerns about global warming, Banerjee founded ClimateStoryTellers: A Gathering Place for All Things Global Warming.