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Sarnath BanerjeeTHE DRAWING ROOM | ANNOTATIONS 3, 2018–2017

Annotations is a series of artist commissions for Drawing Room’s Outset Study. Including 6 artists over a 3 year period, each artist will undertake a period of supported residency, researching the library collection to create a work for Outset Study – using the wall, the space, or intervening with the library collection itself.

Annotations has been conceived to enable selected artists to develop their practice through research, experimentation and risk taking. The selected artists will help to grow and disseminate Outset Study resources by sharing the research and new ideas that their time in residence generates. Annotations follows on from the artist commission The Rules of the Library, 2013 by Peter Liversidge.

Annotations Outset Study Commissions are supported by Veronique Parke and Outset Contemporary Art Fund.

Best known for his graphic novels and films that tell stories through a combination of free hand drawings and text, Banerjee has developed a new work which brings together Indian classical music and libraries.

Banerjee’s newly commissioned work for Outset Study at Drawing Room, entitled‘The Many Half Lives of Vasundhara Rangarajan’is a work of fragmented narrative, pieced together from episodes in one woman’s life. Consisting of fifteen separate scenes, these drawings are held together by a single raga – Raag Bilawal. Ms Rangarajan first heard Raag Bilawal as a child. Every time Bilawal plays it awakens images from her past, incidents barely remembered, yet fondly recollected. These play tricks on her mind, creating nostalgia for places she has not encountered and incidents that never took place.

Exhibition date: 9 September 2017 – 18 February 2018