Kriti Arora Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Kriti Arora
Tar Man 5


Fibreglass and tar

176 x 72 x 63 cm
Tar Man 5 is a sculpture informed by the working men that Arora encountered along mountain routes through Kashmir. For Arora, roads are the social arteries that connect this region to the rest of the sub-continent. The struggling allegiance of men working tirelessly to re-cultivate the land for profitable redevelopment is the subject of her investigations. Unlike classical Indian statues or modelled deities, these very ordinary men are covered from head to toe in a suffocating layer of black tar as a demonstration of the almost incomprehensible work that is required to change India. The tar-man is emblematic of a continent seeking social and political change.
Kriti Arora
Tar Man 6


Fibreglass and tar

185 x 76 x 97 cm
Tar Man 6 is a mummification of one of the working men that struggle through the war-torn landscape of Kashmir. The routine with which they go about their laboured work in extremes temperatures is testament to the will of the people to contribute to change. Arora’s figure appears rooted to the spot, coated in a thick skin of tar smothering his ability to show any expression. The artist is examining the generation of men working on the road side, assigned to the difficult task of reconstruction and repair.
Kriti Arora
Tools and Boots


Fibreglass, cloth and tar

Dimensions Variable 130 x 120 cm

Continuing her preoccupation with labour, Tools and Boots contains tools of the trade, organised and arranged to bring some semblance of order to the brutal task that lies ahead of these individuals. Black shovels, pick-axes and gloves are all coated with thick tar. The installation appears to be consumed by this material, used to coat the roads and level the arteries of the mountains for the vehicles that thread through. The inanimate objects in Tools and Boots have been organised as one might arrange a still-life, which highlights the humanity that is missing from them. They serve no purpose without the army of men routinely utilizing them on cliff-faces and road-sides.

Kriti Arora
Coat and Trousers


Fibreglass, cloth and tar

Dimensions Variable 153 x 102 cm
Blackened coats and heavy trousers operate as the residual skins of the people employed to build the road-sides. These fibres, originally coloured and textured, appear stiff and impossible to use as they are drenched in tar. Hung out to dry by the artist, the tar is too thick to remove, alluding to the combined and inseparable nature of the men and their labour.

Kriti Arora's Biography

Kriti Arora
Born in 1972, Delhi, India
Lives and works in New Delhi


Road Builders, Rob Dean Art Gallery, London

Inroads…bloodlines, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, India

Art and Justice Unite, Art and Industry Building, Amherst, USA

Mandir Masjid, Student Union Gallery, University of Massachusetts, USA


La Route de la Soie, Tri Postal, The Saatchi gallery Collection, Lille
The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London

Poetic Documentary: Kriti Arora, Sanjeet Chowdhury and Gigi Scarie, Aicon Gallery, London
Making History Our Own, Sahmat, New Delhi

5th Busan Biennale: South Korea10 yrs anniversary exhibition: Galerie Mueller & Plate, MunichWho Knew? Mr. Gandhi., Aicon Gallery, London

Sculptures. Park, Curated by Christian Hosp (Gallery KALA, Austria) and Dr. Alka Pande, Swarovsky Foundation, Austria
New Delhi, New Waves, Curated by Jerome Neutres, OPEN2007 10. International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice, Italy
Relocating Masculinities, Curated by Rahul/Sabi/Sanathanan/Srinayani, School of Arts & Aesthetics JNU, New Delhi, India
Art of India and Pakistan, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Aerial Roots, Curated by Ranmal Jhala, India International Center, New Delhi, India Making History Our Own, Organized by SAHMAT, AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi

Passages, 1,500 years of Indian Art,curated by Deepak Ananth, PALAIS DES BEAUX ARTS, Brussels, Belgium
L’art à la Plage, Made by Indians, organized by Galerie Enrico Navarra, Saint Tropez,
France Lila/Play, organized by Melbourne Commonwealth Games, curated by Haema
Sivanesan, Festival Melbourne 19th Annual Images Festival MONITOR AND
EXPERIMENTA INDIA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada MONITOR 2: Contemporary South Asian
Film + Video, Toronto, Canada, At the National Film Board of Canada, Toronto

Human Vague organized by UNESCO, Paris, France
Film/Video from India, Screening at ECOLE de BEAUX ARTS, Paris, France
Ways of Seeing organised by Art Alive, curated by Sushma Behl, Visual Arts Gallery,
Habitat Center, New Delhi
Women Photographers from the Subcontinent organized by WIPSA, curated by Dr. Alka
Pande, Italian Center, New Delhi

ABHKS Organized by Gallery Espace, New Delhi India Plural curated by Dr. Alka Pande,
Gallery 27, Oslo, NorwayEye to Eye Organised by Seher, curated by Olivia Arthur and Kriti
Arora at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, followed by 90 days of travel to schools and
universities of Delhi The Making Of India Organized by SAHMAT, a traveling exhibition in Delhi- Rabindra Bhawan, Vadehra Gallery and School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU

Sheesha, an Indo-French Project curated by Peter Nagy at Sanskriti Pratisthan, New Delhi and France
Photosphere curated by Peter Nagy at Golflinks, New Delhi Borderless Terrain curated by Dr Alka Pande for Apparao Galleries at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Center, New Delhi

Carry on Drawing curated by Avantika Bawa at Aquaspace Savannah, GA, USA

Traditions & Innovations A Gallery, New York

Young Baroda Art Today, New Delhi

Artist Critic Nexus”, curated by Chaitanya Sambrani, M.S. University, Baroda