Ranu Mukherjee is an American artist of Indian and European descent. She makes hybrid work in painting, moving image, and installation to build new imaginative capacities, guided by the forces of ecology and non-human agency, diaspora and migration, motherhood, and transnational feminisms.
During her residence at 18th Street, she plans to draw and work on her new hybrid film ‘Ensemble for Non-Linear Time’, to be presented alongside recent paintings in her exhibition Dear Future, opening at 18th Street Arts Propeller Gallery this Fall. In this body of work Mukherjee engages dense imaginary forests as protagonist, both in her solitary painting and with cast and workshop participants. In collaboration with choreographer Hope Mohr, their fall workshop series Imagining Futures engaged immigrant and refugee artists in somatic and visual explorations to connect with experiences of rupture as sources of expertise and imagination that often go unrecognized .The film’s cast includes workshop participants and professional dancers. This project has been supported by 18th Street Arts Center, 836 M San Francisco, ARTogether Oakland and Montalvo Art Center.
Mukherjee has exhibited nationally and internationally, including commissioned projects for the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, de Young Museum, Karachi Biennale 2019, Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Jose Museum of Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Recent awards include a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2020) and a Lucas Visual Arts Fellowship at Montalvo Arts Center (2019-2022). Her work is in the collections of Asian Art Museum, De Young Museum, The Avery, Robert D. Bielecki Foundation, Kadist Foundation, JP Morgan, Oakland Museum of California and the San Jose Museum of Art. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris who published her first monograph Shadowtime in 2021. She is co-founder of media collective 0rphan drift and Chair of Film at California College of the Arts. Mukherjee earned her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London and BFA in Painting with a minor in Film from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston.