Spectral Times

Sarnath Banerjee. An Encounter with Thomas Browne and Other Commonplace Utopia. Courtesy of Deutsche Bank, The artist, & Project88

In this new show curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and co-curated by Himanshu Kadam, graphic novelist Sarnath Banerjee responds to Mumbai and the city’s historic collection with a trove of stories that allude to or are directly inspired by the Bhau Daji Lad Museum.

Narrated in the form of a magazine interview with the intrepid reporter, Birjis Bari who works with The Spectral Times, the uncanny stories reveal the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Sarnath works form both a visual and literary urban archive and respond to the Museum as an archive and a repository of memories. Like most forms of storytelling, the Museum is a place of enchantment, where the unreal becomes real. In deploying both sound and visuals, Sarnath creates different registers of reference and meaning. He encourages you to stop and listen, to question appearances. In creating urban legends that are at a slight tangent to reality he encourages us to reflect upon our lives and those of others with tongue firmly in his cheek.

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