This week, Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat returns to Bad at Sports, this time from San Francisco, where he sits down with Patricia Maloney. Listeners may remember Kallat’s first appearance on the podcast on the eve of the opening for his large-scale installation, Public Notice 3 (2010-11), in the Fullerton Hall stairwell of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Kallat, one of the most prominent figures of contemporary Asian art, works across a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and video. He was the curator for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India in 2014. This year, Kallat has had several solo exhibitions, including Jitish Kallat: Public Notice 2, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. His Paris exhibition, The Infinite Episode, opened at the Galerie Templon in September 2015. Kallat’s large permanent public sculpture unveiled in Austria in October 2015.
His solo exhibitions include Epilogue (2013-14) at the San Jose Museum of Art; Circa at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia (2012); Fieldnotes: Tomorrow was here Yesterday at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India (2011); Likewise at Arndt, Berlin, Germany (2010); The Astronomy of the Subway at Haunch of Venison, London, UK (2010); Aquasaurus at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Paddington, Australia (2008) and Lonely Facts at the Kunsthalle Luckenwalde, Luckenwalde, Germany (1998).
Kallat has participated in major exhibitions, including: India: Art Now at the Arken Museum, Ishoj, Denmark (2012-13); Indian Highway IV at MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2012) and at Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France (2011); The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today at Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2010); Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art at Essl Museum – Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria and at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (both 2009), as well as Indian Highway at the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2008-09); Die Tropen. Ansichten von der Mitte der Weltkugel at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (2008); Urban Manners at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy
(2007) and Century City at Tate Modern, London, UK (2001).
On December 12, 2014, the Second Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curated by artist Jitish Kallat, opened in Kerala, India. The second edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale built upon the themes from the first Kochi-Muziris Biennale. So, before we dive into the second edition, let’s first revisit Indian’s inaugural international Biennale.
The first edition opened on December 12, 2012. It was a huge event and by all accounts, a success. In this podcast, Tanya Gill puts together a collection of artist interviews and viewer reactions from the first Biennale’s opening week in 2012, including celebrated artists Nalini Malani, Vivan Sundaram, Tallur L.N., Rohini Devasher, as well as Australian street artists Daniel Connell and Vextra, independent curator Amit Kumar Jain, and filmmaker Hatti Bowering.
Please stay tuned for the forthcoming second Kochi-Muziris Biennale podcast. This podcast, as well as photographs of the
and additional interviews, can be found at zacii.com. Additional information on the Kochi-Muziris Biennale can be found at http://kochimuzirisbiennale.org.
Tanya Gill is a visual artist who lives between Chicago, USA and Chandigarh, India.
A special thank you to everyone who took the time to talk in December 2012! It was amazing to witness this groundbreaking event.
This Week: Our sixth season kicks off with a great interview with artist Jitish Kallat. We talk about his work, his installation at the Art Institute, and what it is like to live and work in an art scene in a city with 14 million people. If that weren’t enough, curator Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose chimes in as well!
The following shameless lifted from the AIC web site:
Public Notice 3
September 11, 2010â€“January 2, 2011
Overview: In the first major presentation in an American museum of Jitish Kallatâ€™s work, the contemporary Indian artist has designed a site-specific installation that connects two key historical momentsâ€”the First World Parliament of Religions held on September 11, 1893, and the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on that very date, 108 years later. The resulting work, Public Notice 3, creates a trenchant commentary on the evolution, or devolution, of religious tolerance across the 20th and 21st centuries.
The basis for Kallatâ€™s installation is a landmark speech delivered by Swami Vivekananda at the Parliament, which was held in conjunction with the Worldâ€™s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in what is now the museumâ€™s Fullerton Hall. The Parliament was the earliest attempt to create a global dialogue of religious faiths, and Vivekananda, eloquently addressing its 7,000 attendees, argued for an end of fanaticism and a respectful recognition of all traditions of belief through universal tolerance.
With Public Notice 3, Kallat converts Vivekanandaâ€™s text to LED displays on each of the 118 risers of the historic Womanâ€™s Board Grand Staircase of the Art Institute of Chicago, adjacent to the site of Vivekanandaâ€™s original address. Drawing attention to the great chasm between this speech of tolerance and the very different events of September 11, 2001, the text of the speech will be displayed in the colors of the United Statesâ€™ Department of Homeland Security alert system. Opening on September 11, Public Notice 3 explores the possibility of revisiting the historical speech as a site of contemplation, symbolically refracting it with threat codes devised by a government to deal with this terror-infected era of religious factionalism and fanaticism.
Curator: Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose, Marilynn Alsdorf Curator of Indian and Islamic Art.