Jitish Kallat: Artist we love
FEB 23, 2017 | By Aditi Sharma Maheshwari
Creativity is endless and fluid; it transcends across media. Many believe it is an in-born trait and in Jitish Kallat’s case, we can safely say it’s true. As a child, he would incessantly make drawings. Once at the age of five, he volunteered to make a biology sketch for his 13 year old sister. “It appeared that I could do a better drawing and this got my sister and family excited, giving a naive boost to my juvenile self-worth,” he says.Inspirations can come from anywhere – his works transverse various canvases, places and frames. In terms of inspirations, “a progressively eaten roti might appear like a moon or x-ray scans of food might invoke celestial bodies. In other instances a single figure becomes a carrier of numerous narratives, a head of a commuter could bear the weight of an entire city,” he shares.
His recent solo exhibition Here After Here, curated by internationally renowned curator Catherine David is on show at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. As Jitish calls it a “major mid-career survey” it brings together his vast oeuvre spanning paintings, photography, drawings, videos and sculptural installations with some works dating back as far as 1992. “I’ve drawn the title from an earlier video work of mine titled ‘Infinitum’. I think it conflates space and time in a way that some of my works do,” he explains. This is his largest and the most wide-ranging exhibition, displaying works spanning a time frame of almost 25 years, exploring the many processes, themes and ideas that appeared throughout his artistic practice. Many of these works will be seen in Delhi for the very first time.