Kallat works in all media: painting, sculpture, photography and video. His works are rooted in the megalopolis that is Mumbai and, by extension, all urban experiences, connecting the disciplines of sociology, biology, and archeology. What at first may seem to be wildly disparate works, upon closer inspection have strong themes in common. Primary among these is the proletariat figure, he or she whose labors actually make the city function, whose multiple histories (both recorded and forgotten) are inscribed in many places (both heroically and mundanely) on the surfaces of the urban fabric. The stories Kallat narrates of the city may be contradictory but are also richly realistic: nourishment accompanies fatigue, elegance comes with the unsightly, a spiritual optimism amid material degradation. Kallat uses images symbolically, combining elements together to weave layered metaphors about life.
This artwork description is an excerpt from “Chlorophyll Park” exhibition at Nature Morte by Jitish Kallat.
Born in 1974, Jitish Kallat received his Bachelor’s degree in painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1996. His solo shows include ‘Public Notice 3’ at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, in 2010; ‘Likewise’ at Arndt and Partner, Berlin, in 2010; ‘The Astronomy of the Subway’ at Haunch of Venison, London, in 2010; ‘Aquasaurus’ at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, in 2008; ‘Public Notice 2’ at Bodhi Art, Singapore, in 2008; ‘Skinside Outside’ at Arario Gallery, Seoul, in 2008; ‘Universal Recipient’ at Haunch of Venison, Zurich, in 2008; ‘Unclaimed Baggage’ at Albion, London, in 2007; and ‘Sweatopia’ at Bodhi Art and Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, in 2007. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including ‘Monumental’ at Walsh Gallery, Chicago, in 2010-11; ‘Now Through a Glass Darkly’ at Arario Gallery, New York, in 2010; ‘Changing The World’ and ‘A Long Way From Home’ at Arndt & Partner, Berlin, in 2010; ‘The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today’ at the Saatchi Gallery, London, in 2010; ‘Bring Me A Lion’ at the Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, in 2010; ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air’ at Lakeeren, Mumbai, in 2009-10; ‘Indian Summer’ at Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin, in 2009; ‘Architectonica’ at Seven Art Limited and Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi, in 2009; and ‘India Contemporary’ at the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hague, in 2009. The artist lives and works in Mumbai.
This artist bio has been sourced from Saffron Art’s artist page on Jitish Kallat .