Ranu Mukherjee

In this neo-futurist picture fragmentary scenes appear as glimpses of an uncontainable geophysical narrative; an accumulation of human habit becoming incorporated into the unknown. Drawing from images related to the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, this work is part of a larger investigation of the figure of the nomad and its many contemporary manifestations. The visibly crafted aesthetic brings together cinematic language with tactile painting-like event, attempting to call the viewer into presence.


Ranu Mukherjee is a multi-disciplinary artist making hybrid films, works on paper and collaborative projects. Her recent work investigates the figure of the nomad as well as an imagined personal history of relations between Indian and European/US culture. Generally inspired by encounters with embodiment, ecology, the science-fictional and the unknown, she explores creolization, narrative excess and other material conditions brought on by global capitalism.

Ranu co-created the collaborative artist Orphan Drift in London in the 1990’s. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and screenings internationally in London, Oslo, Berlin, Oberhausen, Glasgow, Istanbul, Vancouver, Santiago and Capetown as well as in the Bay Area. In 2011, Mukherjee had her first solo exhibition, Absorption into the Nomadic and Luminous, in the US at Gallery Wendi Norris and was an exhibiting artist in Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Mukherjee’s work has been shown in Picturing Parallax, Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora at SFSU Gallery and at the Houston and Dubai art fairs. In 2012, Mukherjee had a solo museum show titled Telling Fortunes, at the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA. Mukherjee earned an MFA from the Royal College of Art, London and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. She is currently an Associate Professor on the MFA program in Social Practice and Studio Art at the California College of the Arts.

Courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris
See Ranu’s solo show at Gallery Wendi Norris here