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b. 1973, Indonesia

Reena Saini Kallat Biography

Reena Saini Kallat (b. 1973, Delhi, India) graduated from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1996 with a B.F.A. in painting. Her practice – spanning painting, photography, video, sculpture and installation, often incorporates multiple mediums into a single work. She is interested in the role that memory plays, in not only what we choose to remember but also how we think of the past. Kallat frequently works with officially recorded or registered names of people, objects, and monuments that are lost or have disappeared without a trace, only to get listed as anonymous and forgotten statistics. One of the recurrent motifs in her work has been the rubber stamp, both as an object and imprint, signifying the bureaucratic apparatus, capable at once of confirming as well as obscuring identities. Her more recent series using salt as a medium explores the tenuous yet intrinsic relationship between the body and the oceans, highlighting the fragility and unpredictability of existence.

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Her work has been widely exhibited across the world in venues such as Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Kennedy Centre, Washington; Vancouver Art Gallery; Saatchi Gallery, London; SESC Pompeia and SESC Belenzino in Sao Paulo; Goteborgs Konsthall, Sweden; Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Casa Asia, Madrid and Barcelona; ZKM Karlsruhe in Germany; Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai; IVAM Museum, Spain; Busan MOMA; Kulturhuset, Stockholm; Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland; Chicago Cultural Centre amongst many others and she has participated in a number of workshops and residencies. She lives and works in Mumbai.

Reena Saini Kallat Featured Artworks

Rainbow of Refuse-1 by Reena Saini Kallat contemporary artwork
Reena Saini KallatRainbow of Refuse-1, 2006Acrylic on 300 gsm paper
348 x 444 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Anatomy of Distance by Reena Saini Kallat contemporary artwork
Reena Saini KallatAnatomy of Distance, 2013Acrylic paint, archival inks on handmade paper, wire, and measuring tape
94 x 137 cm
Not for sale
Asia Art Archive
Walls of the Womb by Reena Saini Kallat contemporary artwork
Reena Saini KallatWalls of the Womb, 2007Tie-dyed silk
594.4 x 114.3 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Contact Gallery

Reena Saini Kallat Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Alterations Activation Abstraction at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
28 February–30 March 2019 Group Exhibition Alterations Activation Abstraction Sundaram Tagore GalleryChelsea, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Contemporary Art from India at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
29 October–18 December 2004 Group Exhibition Contemporary Art from India Thomas Erben GalleryNew York

Reena Saini Kallat In Related Press

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See the Majestic Displays at India’s First Contemporary Sculpture Park Related Press See the Majestic Displays at India’s First Contemporary Sculpture Park 5 September 2019, Hyperallergic

India's first-ever contemporary sculpture park has launched its second edition. The not-for-profit project, inaugurated in December 2017, transformed the Madhavendra Palace in Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, into an expansive sculpture gallery. The sculptures are displayed throughout the majestic rooms and grand courtyards of the 18th-century fortress...

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Cross-Cultural Exchanges Related Press Cross-Cultural Exchanges 21 March 2017, Aesthetica Magazine

The fourth edition of the Colombo Biennale, Conceiving Space, co-founded by the British gallerist Annoushka Hempel in 2009, and curated by Alnoor Mitha, a Senior Research Fellow (Asian Cultures) at the Manchester Metropolitan University, perpetuates its status as an important venue for showcasing strong voices from the Global South. Whilst the...

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

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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Art served fresh, South Asian-style Related Press Art served fresh, South Asian-style 31 January 2017, The Hindu Business Line

The focus on South Asia appears to be an enduring one for the India Art Fair (IAF). In 2016, we saw a pronounced emphasis on Bangladesh and Nepal, and this year too we are going to see more art from these regions, as well as from Sri Lanka. This of course will be in addition to a strong presence of indigenous art from around India. Neha Kirpal is...

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