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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Jitish Kallat

b. 1974, Indonesia

Jitish Kallat is one of the most exciting and dynamic Asian artists to have received international recognition in recent years. Working across a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, his work reflects a deep involvement with the city of his birth (Mumbai) and derives much of its visual language from his immediate urban environment. His subject matter has been described previously as 'the dirty, old, recycled and patched-together fabric of urban India'. Wider concerns include India's attempts to negotiate its entry into a globalised economy, addressing housing and transportation crises, city planning, caste and communal tensions, and government accountability.

Many of Kallat's works focus on Mumbai's downtrodden or dispossessed inhabitants, though treating them in a bold, colourful and highly graphic manner. Kallat traditionally mounts his paintings on bronze sculptures that are re-created from the wall adornments found on the 120-year-old Victoria Terminus train station in the centre of Mumbai.

“The city street is my university. One finds all the themes of life and art – pain, happiness, anger, violence and compassion – played out here in full volume. Scale is merely one of the many tools one can deploy in the creation of meaning, and decisions such as big, small, lifesize, etc., are as much acts of meaning creation as they may be retinal or aesthetic considerations.” Jitish Kallat, quoted in The Asian Art Newspaper, February 2010

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Featured Artworks

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Palindrome/Anagram Painting by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatPalindrome/Anagram Painting, 2017–2018 Acrylic, gesso, lacquer, charcoal, and aquarelle pencil on linen
244 x 183 cm
Templon
Untitled (Emergence) Drawing 4 by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatUntitled (Emergence) Drawing 4, 2018 Aquarelle, gesso, lacquer, acrylic epoxy on gesso panel
40.6 x 30.5 cm
Templon
Sightings D7M6Y2017 by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatSightings D7M6Y2017, 2017 4 parts, lenticular photopiece
Templon
Untitled (Emergence) Drawing 3 by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatUntitled (Emergence) Drawing 3, 2018 Aquarelle, gesso, lacquer, acrylic epoxy on gesso panel
45.7 x 35.6 cm
Templon
Palindrome/Anagram Painting by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatPalindrome/Anagram Painting, 2017–2018 Acrylic, gesso, lacquer, charcoal, and aquarelle pencil on linen
213.5 x 152.5 cm
Templon
Palindrome/Anagram Painting by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatPalindrome/Anagram Painting, 2017–2018 Acrylic, gesso, lacquer, charcoal, and aquarelle pencil on linen
213.5 x 183 cm
Templon
Palindrome/Anagram Painting by Jitish Kallat contemporary artwork Jitish KallatPalindrome/Anagram Painting, 2017–2018 Acrylic, gesso, lacquer, charcoal, and watercolour pencil on linen
243.8 x 182.9 cm
Templon

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jitish Kallat, Phase Transition at Templon, Paris
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12 January–9 March 2019 Jitish Kallat Phase Transition Templon, 28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris

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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Frieze week Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Frieze week 27 Apr 2018 : Robert Ayers for Ocula

With Frieze New York returning to Randall's Island Park from 4 to 6 May 2018, Ocula is on hand to offer a selection of exhibitions around the city, from Bushwick and the LES to Chelsea, Midtown and the Upper East Side.Exhibition view: Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s, Neue Galerie New York (8 March–28 May 2018). Courtesy Neue...

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche Co-founder, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Report Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection 5 Jun 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s...

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In Related Press

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'Here After Here': India's Jitish Kallat Related Press 'Here After Here': India's Jitish Kallat Art Radar Journal : 16 February 2017

Here After Here, for the first time, brings under a single exhibition over 25 years of the prolific and varied Indian contemporary artist Jitish Kallat's artistic practice. It is comprehensive and encompassing enough to pass for a retrospective but for the fact that Kallat, who is only 43 years old, has many more years of artistic enquiries ahead...

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India Art Fair 2017: All the Flowers Are for Everyone Related Press India Art Fair 2017: All the Flowers Are for Everyone OPEN Magazine : 10 February 2017

The India Art Fair (IAF) is usually a maze. Even with a map in hand and a purpose in mind, one can easily get lost or distracted. Often one meanders while trying to locate that elusive booth, which only leads to happy and unexpected discoveries. You might suddenly be caught unaware by a gem, while sipping tea.

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Jitish Kallat’s long meditation on life and death in the city Related Press Jitish Kallat’s long meditation on life and death in the city Apollo Magazine : 9 February 2017

Despite shows in Delhi and Mumbai, and his bold artistic direction of the second edition of India's Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Jitish Kallat's global success has not been fully appreciated at home. Several of his landmark pieces in Germany, the US, Australia, China and elsewhere have not yet been enjoyed in India, nor have they been displayed in the...

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The Contemporary Canvas Related Press The Contemporary Canvas The Indian Express : 4 February 2017

From being a forum that brings artists from all over the world to one that will focus on South Asia, India Art Fair (IAF) has changed its course over the nine editions since it debuted in 2008. The transformation was obvious when the four-day event opened on February 2 at NSIC grounds in Okhla.Dominated by artwork from India, followed by...

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Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art: Jitish Kallat, Boon Hui Tan & Leeza Ahmady Related Video & Audio Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art: Jitish Kallat, Boon Hui Tan & Leeza Ahmady Asia Contemporary Art Week : 19 June 2018

As a prelude to Asia Contemporary Art Week 2018, ACAW presented a wide-ranging discussion with internationally noted, Mumbai-based artist, Jitish Kallat, on the occasion of his exhibition "Decimal Point" at Sperone Westwater, with Vice President of Global Arts & Programs and Asia Society Museum Director, Boon Hui Tan and Independent...

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JITISH KALLAT, Covariance, Galerie Templon Related Video & Audio JITISH KALLAT, Covariance, Galerie Templon Galerie Templon : 30 September 2017

Galerie Templon, Brussels 7 septembre–28 octobre 2017 / September 7–October 28 2017

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Jitish Kallat, The Infinite Episode, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris Related Video & Audio Jitish Kallat, The Infinite Episode, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris Templon : 22 September 2015

September 5–October 31, 2015 5 septembre - 31 octobre 2015

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