Ranu Mukherjee’s work explores states of excess, drawing links between present-day global capitalism and animism still residual in our collective psyche. She makes and unmakes images, occupying fragments as generative material and culling content from a variety of diverse sources ranging from 19th-century Indian lithographs to images of current events. Through layering and recombining, she creates an amalgam of media, subjects, ideas and time frames within the same space. Her hybrid films, works on paper and textiles look at the construction of culture through the forces of creolization, the nomadic, ecology, speculative fiction, desire and the unknown.
Mukherjee’s solo exhibitions include a three-channel video installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; an iterative three part solo exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; and the Tarble Art Center, Charleston, IL. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions, including at Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom, Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India, Dold Project, Sankt Georgen, Germany, and is featured in collections such as the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA; the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, the Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation, New York, NY.
Mukherjee co-created Orphan Drift, an artist collaboration making combined media works, in London in the 1990’s. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and screenings internationally including in London, Oslo, Berlin, Oberhausen, Glasgow, Istanbul, Vancouver, Santiago, Capetown, and the Bay Area.