Contemplate on ideas of unison and estrangement, confluence and conflict between individuals, neighbors and nations with Artist Reena Saini Kallat in conversation with cultural theorist and curator, Nancy Adajania as they guide you through a series of visual propositions incorporating drawing, photography, sculpture and video. Explore fantastical mutations of natural species and morphing motifs that present multiple points of view, as you poetically re-imagine a whole new world with the artist.
"Reena Saini Kallat (b. 1973, Delhi, India) graduated from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1996 with a B.F.A. in painting. Her practice – spanning painting, photography, video, sculpture and installation, often incorporates multiple mediums into a single work. She is interested in the role that memory plays, in not only what we choose to remember but also how we think of the past. Kallat frequently works with officially recorded or registered names of people, objects, and monuments that are lost or have disappeared without a trace, only to get listed as anonymous and forgotten statistics. One of the recurrent motifs in her work has been the rubber stamp, both as an object and imprint, signifying the bureaucratic apparatus, capable at once of confirming as well as obscuring identities. Her more recent series using salt as a medium explores the tenuous yet intrinsic relationship between the body and the oceans, highlighting the fragility and unpredictability of existence. Her work has been widely exhibited across the world in venues such as Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Kennedy Centre, Washington; Vancouver Art Gallery; Saatchi Gallery, London; SESC Pompeia and SESC Belenzino in Sao Paulo; Goteborgs Konsthall, Sweden; Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Casa Asia, Madrid and Barcelona; ZKM Karlsruhe in Germany; Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai; IVAM Museum, Spain; Busan MOMA; Kulturhuset, Stockholm; Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland; Chicago Cultural Centre amongst many others and she has participated in a number of workshops and residencies. She lives and works in Mumbai."Read more
Nancy Adajania is a cultural theorist and curator based in Bombay. She was Joint Artistic Director of the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012) and has curated a number of exhibitions including, most recently, a show of video art for Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video, an ongoing series at the Jewish Museum, New York (2015). In 2013 and 2014, Adajania taught the curatorial practice course at the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. In 2014, she curated the hybrid exhibition-publication project ‘Sacred/Scared’ (Latitude 28/ TAKE on Art magazine, Delhi), where she interwove the expressive with the discursive by linking the exhibition to a trans-disciplinary anthology of essays. Adajania has proposed several new theoretical models and has written extensively on the relationship of art to the public sphere, media art, public art, the biennial condition and transcultural art practices. She has lectured on these subjects at numerous venues including Documenta 11, Kassel; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Transmediale, Berlin; the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; and the 3rd FORMER WEST Research Congress: Beyond What Was Contemporary Art, Secession, Vienna. She is the editor of the monograph Shilpa Gupta (Prestel, 2010) and co-author of The Dialogues Series (Popular Prakashan/foundation b&g, Bombay 2011). She was research scholar-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2010 and 2013.Read more