Since graduating from the Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai, in 1996, Jitish Kallat has been widely recognised for his bold figurative paintings. Often self-referential with socio-political content drawn from the life of his own city, news events and popular culture, his practice has combined photography, painting and collage in large works up to seven metres long.
Public notice 2003 is a five-panelled work using acrylic mirrors and text from the speech delivered by Jawaharlal Nehru at midnight on the occasion of Indian independence from British rule on 15 August 1947. Nehru had struggled alongside Mahatma Ghandi since the 1920s to establish an independent India, and he became the first president. The materials and processes used in making the work are significant. Kallat has used rubber adhesive cement to form each letter of the text which has then been burned, melting and distorting the reflective surface. The partially distorted text, mirrored surface and human scale of the work directly involve viewers in the acts of reading, remembrance and reflection.
In addition to a number of solo exhibitions in Mumbai, Jitish Kallat has been included in major international exhibitions such as the '1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 1999', Japan; the '7th Havana Biennale 2000', Cuba; ‘Century City: Art & Culture in the Modern Metropolis’, Tate Modern, London, in 2001; and the ‘Armory Show’, New York, in 2004.
Gallery 1.3, GoMA
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