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Reena Saini Kallat EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Penumbra Passage (Canine Cases)

Penumbra Passage (Canine Cases)

Penumbra Passage (Canine Cases)

Reena Saini Kallat
Penumbra Passage (Canine Cases)

2006

Acrylic on canvas, bonded marble, wooden box, stainless steel, velvet, glass

Canvas: 135 x 90 cm Wooden case: 31 x 122 x 80 cm Steel stand: 38 x 122 x 78 cm
Penumbra Passage (Canine Cases) comprises of a series of portraits of ordinary civilians from both India as well as Pakistan, their faces blemished by the silhouette of the disputed territory often referred to as Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. While the portraits are put in grand frames like those of royal descendants, the map of the land that remains at the core of the dispute between the two neighboring countries, casts a shadow on these portraits haunting us with tales from the region. The corresponding cases carry a range of weapons that appear more like museum relics, however on closer observation one finds that they are highly embellished with life affirming forms. Comprising a set of 32 pieces they collectively evoke human dentures, resonating with images of the conflict-ridden region.
Penumbra Passage (Canine Cases) (detail)

Penumbra Passage (Canine Cases) (detail)

Penumbra Passage (Canine Cases) (detail)

Reena Saini Kallat
Penumbra Passage (Canine Cases)

2006

Acrylic on canvas, bonded marble, wooden box, stainless steel, velvet, glass

Canvas:135 x 90 cm Steel stand: 38 x 122 x 78 cm
Penumbra Passage (Canine Cases) comprises of a series of portraits of ordinary civilians from both India as well as Pakistan, their faces blemished by the silhouette of the disputed territory often referred to as Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. While the portraits are put in grand frames like those of royal descendants, the map of the land that remains at the core of the dispute between the two neighboring countries, casts a shadow on these portraits haunting us with tales from the region. The corresponding cases carry a range of weapons that appear more like museum relics, however on closer observation one finds that they are highly embellished with life affirming forms. Comprising a set of 32 pieces they collectively evoke human dentures, resonating with images of the conflict-ridden region.
Synonym

Synonym

Synonym

Synonym

Reena Saini Kallat
Synonym

2007

Acrylic paint, rubberstamps, plexiglass

195 x 134 cm
The work stands like a screen, holding up a portrait formed by several hundred names of people, rendered in scripts of over 14 Indian languages. From a distance they come together as a portrait, but up-close they almost seem like a circuit-board of rubberstamps. The rubberstamps are made with names of those officially registered as having gone missing in India from different geographical zones. These include the names of those lost through natural calamities such as landslides, floods and earthquakes, the names of those who have gone missing during riots or large scale mishaps and the names of those abducted or absconding, with the police still trying to ascertain their whereabouts. These are people who seem to have slipped out of the radar of human communication, who have been thrown off the social safety net. The portrait of a sub-continental citizen is formed by numerous such names; the back of the portrait emerges as a sea of invisible identities, a bird’s eye view of a large human congregation.

Reena Saini Kallat's BIOGRAPHY

Reena Saini Kallat
1973 Born in Delhi, India
Lives and works in Mumbai



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Labyrinth of Absences, Nature Morte, New Delhi

2009
Drift, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan

2008
Silt of Seasons, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
Subject to Change without Notice, Walsh Gallery, Chicago

2006
Rainbow Of Refuse, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai and Singapore

2005
Black Flute (And Other Stories), Nature Morte, New Delhi

2004
Black Flute, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

2002
The Battlefield Is The Mind, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
Seven Faces of Dust, Chicago Radio, Mumbai

2000
Skin, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai and Art Inc. Gallery, New Delhi

1998
Orchard of Home-grown Secrets, Gallery Chemould and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Maximum India, The Kennedy Centre, Washington
Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema, Cricket – The New cultural Icons of
India, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Samtidigt, Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland
Iconoclasts and Iconodules, curated by Ombretta Argo, Religare Art Gallery, New Delhi
The Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale, Surrey Art Gallery, Canada
The Intuitive: Logic Revisted, from the Osians Collection at The World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

2010
La Route de la Soie / The Silk Road, Lille 3000, France
Samtidigt, Kulterhuset, Stockholm
The River Project, Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney
Roundabout, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
Waterways, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
In Transition: New Art from India, Richmond Art Gallery Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver
Bring Me a Lion: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art at Webster University, curated by Jeffrey Hughes and Dana Turkovic,
Cecile R. Hunt Gallery,St.Louis,Missouri
Never Run Away, 2 person exhibition curated by Shaheen Merali,Stux Gallery, New York
The Empire Strikes Back, Saatchi Gallery, London
Urban Manners 2, Contemporary Artists from India, curated by Adelina Von Furstenberg in collaboration with Peter Nagy, at SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil


2009
View Points and Viewing points – 2009 Asian Art Biennale, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Spectrum: Indian Art at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Milan Galleria, curated by Georgio Verzotti, Triennale Museum, Milan
Passage to India Part II show at Initial Access, Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton, UK
Ventosul Biennale, Curitiba, Brazil
Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea and Essl Museum, Vienna
INDIA XIANZAI: Contemporary Indian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
Low Blow: And Other Species of Confusion, Stux gallery, New York
Indian Narratives in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History,Casa Asia, Madrid and Barcelona, Spain
Body Chatter, Walsh Gallery, Chicago

2008
Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Japan
India Moderna, curator: Juan Guardiola, organized by Casa Asia, IVAM Museum, Valencia, Spain
3rd Nanjing Triennale, curators: Fumihiko Sumitomo, Jaeyoung Kang, China
TEAF (Taehwagang Eco Art Festival) – Dream River, Korea
Everywhere is War (And Rumours of it), Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai
Fire Walkers, Stefan Stux gallery, New York
Three Points of view, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinrucke, Mumbai
Excavation: Memory / Myth / Membrane, Museum Gallery, Mumbai

2007
International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, Korea
Soft Power: Asian Attitude, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Urban Manners, curated by Adelina Von Furstenberg, at Hangar Bicocca , Milan
INDIA NOW: Contemporary Indian Art, Between Continuity and transformation,curated by Daniela Palozzoli at Spazio Oberdan, Milan
New Narratives: Contemporary Art From India, curated by Betty Seid,Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago
Thermocline Of Art- New Asian Waves, curated by Wonil Rhee and Peter Weibel at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany

2006
Modern Indian Works On Paper, Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia and the Georgia Museum of Art, USA
Lille 3000 (Maximum City-Mumbai), Lille, France
Hungry God- Indian Contemporary Art, curated by Yun Chaegab and June Gwak, Arario Gallery, Beijing and Busan MoMA
India Express – Art and Popular Culture, Art Museum Tennispalace, curators: Tuija Kuutti and Erja Pusa, organized by the Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland

2005
Mom and Pop Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
Span, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Indian Paintings of the New Millenium, curated by Helen Asquine Fazio at Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, USA

2004
Contemporary Art from India, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Zoom! Art in Contemporary India. Curators: Nancy Adajania and Luis Serpa, The Culturgest Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

2003
Crossing generations: diVERGE, Gallery Chemould’s 40th anniversary,Curators: Geeta Kapoor and Chaitanya Sambrani, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
Hard Copy, two-person show with Jitish Kallat, Gallery 88, Calcutta
Tiranga, curator: Peter Nagy, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Elephant Walks, Youth Arts Project in collaboration with Jitish Kallat as part of Indians + Cowboys exhibition, Curators: Aaron Seetu and Ruth Watson Gallery 4A, Sydney
The Tree From The Seed, Contemporary Art from India, curator: Gavin Jantjes Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Oslo), Norway

2002
Crosscurrents, organized by Artworks for the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Reclaim Our Freedom, organized by Open Circle, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
Crossing Borders, Gallery Windkracht 13, Den Helder, Holland

2001
Big River 2, CCA7 Gallery, Port Of Spain, Trinidad
AOM- Art on the move, organized by Sahmat, New Delhi

1999
Edge of the Century, curated by Amit Mukhopadhyay, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi