Environment & Nature

Author: Subhankar Banerjee on “a Library, a Classroom, and the World”

Sunday, 7/31/2022
1:00 - 2:30
Koret Auditorium
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

Contact Telephone

Indian-born American photographer, writer and conservationist Subhankar Bannerjee will speak about art, social transformation and “a Library, a Classroom, and the World,” a project in the 2022 Venice Biennale art exhibition Personal Structures organized by the European Cultural Centre in Venice, Italy. Spread across two venues, the historic Palazzo Bembo along the Grand Canal and the Giardini della Marinaressa along the waterfront of the Venice Lagoon, the installation addresses the two most consequential challenges of human history: the biodiversity and climate crises. Subhankar served as the director and cocurator (with Jennifer Garcia Peacock) of an expansive team of artists and scholars who collectively span three generations, represent multiple ethnicities and hail from several continents.

a Library, a Classroom, and the World aims to build bridges across places, peoples and time. It also rebels against our frenzied time and urges us to slow down to take a closer look.

Subhankar Banerjee is Professor of Art & Ecology and founding Director of both the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities and the Species in Peril project at the University of New Mexico. His place-based and community-engaged interdisciplinary and intersectional efforts aim to advance multispecies justice to mitigate the intensifying biodiversity and climate crises. Coeditor of The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change (2021), Subhankar was most recently co-host (with U.S. Senator Tom Udall) of the UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series (2020), cocurator of Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande (2019), and convener of the last oil: a multispecies justice symposium (2018). His photographs have been exhibited in more than fifty museum exhibitions around the world.

Find out how to adopt a greener lifestyle and discover the outdoors with SFPL and its partners.

Learn from world-class designers, artists and experts in their fields. 

Summer Stride is the Library's annual summer learning, reading and exploration program for all ages and abilities. Read and learn with the Library all summer long.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Attending Programs

Questions about the program or problems registering? Contact sfplcpp@sfpl.org. For accommodations (such as ASL interpretation or captioning), call (415) 557-4400 or contact accessibility@sfpl.org. Requesting at least 72 hours in advance will help ensure availability.

Public Notice and Disclaimer

This program uses a third-party website link. By clicking on the third-party website link, you will leave SFPL's website and enter a website not operated by SFPL. This service may collect personally identifying information about you, such as name, username, email address, and password. This service will treat the information it collects about you pursuant to its own privacy policy. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of each third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties with whom you interact through our Library services. For more information about these third-party links, please see the section of SFPL’s Privacy Policy describing Links to Other Sites.

The views and opinions expressed in programs presented by groups unaffiliated with SFPL do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SFPL or the City.