Kaleka, Ranbir b.1953 / Man with Cockerel II
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A bald man with a placid, Buddha-like face, clutching and letting go then clutching and letting go a plumed fowl (Man with Cockerel, 2001): this rhythmically repeated, soft-gray image offers a tantalizing grasp of desire, an allegory on dispossession. Kaleka’s subject-matter is representational and yet, by the form and brevity of its videoed avatar, by a trick of durational fallacy, by sheer transience, it erases its signified meaning. The imaged body – at the brink of dissolution and disappearance – reads like an index of mortality. Its quotidian identity is subordinated to a fragile sense of being where no assertion, no action is necessary except that which trusts in a minimal continuum of survival. The language of representation enters the liminal zone and the encounter, sanguine, serene, evanescent, resembles a haiku where the hypothesis offered about a lived life needs no backing of proof.
(from 'Inside the Black Box: images Caught in a Beam' a talk given by Geeta Kapur on video and light-based installations at School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 10th November 2005)

Ranbir Kaleka (b.1953, India)

Man with Cockerel II, 2004

Edition: 7/7

Volte Gallery, Mumbai, India Current Location:
UK - London - G4Si VideoSouth Asia


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Arario Gallery, Cheonan, South Korea
July 2012 - August 2012

Critical Mass
Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
June 2012 - December 2012

Crossroads: India Escalate
India Pavilion, Prague Biennale 5, Prague, Czech Republic
May 2011

India Art Summit
New Delhi, India
January 2011

Sweet Unease
Volte Gallery, Mumbai, India
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Resonance Golden Jubilee
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
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Critical Mass: Contemporary Art from India
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (Catalogue), 2012

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