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“Beyond Printmaking”: Anagh Banerjee and Rosemary Covey Push Boundaries and Re-Imagine the Art of Printmaking

Printmakers Anagh Banerjee and Rosemary Covey push the boundaries of printmaking in their work. In tonight’s exciting talk, each artist explores their work, process, and dealing with complex themes of cultural identity and history through a blend of contemporary and traditional art. There are still seats available here for tonight’s talk.

Promotional image from Anagh Banerjee’s The Other Side Project.

Printmaker and illustrator Anagh Banerjee will discuss both his career and latest project, “The Other Side VR,” the first Virtual Reality film dealing with the Partition of India exploring the many untold stories of human suffering from this episode in history. Banerjee discusses the personal dimension of the project, co-directed by animator and filmmaker Ninaad Kulkarni, as well as its resonances with current events in which war and political divisions split families. He also details the process of re-imagining traditional woodcuts into a three dimensional, immersive environment, starting from a print shop and ending in a VR headset.

Image from Rosemary Feit Covey’s “O Project”

Rosemary Feit Covey asks what is a fine art print? For this traditionally trained wood engraver, it might wrap a building or cover a football field. Covey describes her trajectory from the small fine work in engraving to current works that include large scale installations seen worldwide, such as the Culture Summit 2017 in Abu Dhabi, and as part of an LA-based extravaganza at Burning Man in Nevada.

“Printmaking can be exciting and fresh. It can be as large as a football field. It can tell stories. It can reveal secrets.” -Rosemary Covey

Anagh Banerjee is a printmaker/illustrator from Mumbai, India, now based in Brooklyn NY. His work derives inspiration from history, poetry, music and the storytelling culture of India. He has an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Rosemary Feit Covey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work is housed in more than forty major museum and library collections worldwide, including the original collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the New York Public Library Print Collection, the National Museum of American History, Harvard University, and the Papyrus Institute in Cairo, Egypt.

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