Kallat, Jitish b.1974 / Baggage Claim
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Portrait of a city and its doppel ganger. A vast terrain forged of people, their heads flourishing – quite literally – with the bustle of daily life. Haircuts, composed of bicycles and live stock, dump-trucks and school houses, pedestrians and merchants, sprout like corn ucopias of ambition and imagination, binding all together, sustaining the sky line of a great metropolis. It’s a celebration of community, a kind of hippie mural or album cover design, tripping on the vibe of grass roots righteousness and psychedelic utopia. Kallat constructs this vision with a home boy’s pride, the minutiae of detail sharing his own clannish camaraderie. Each and every figure a real person, faithfully rendered from photos taken outside a train station, their transient exist encevalidated and monumentalised, nameless heroes of a cyclical (r)evolution. Kallat’s social realism encapsulates the very spirit of locality, its history and aspirations, with unnerving accuracy; for this is a painting of a city out of place. The thing with folklore is it exists out of synch; not in a time, but many. It offers asense of magic, a generational collapse, where copy after copy, retold and diluted, distils from ‘once upon a time’ an enduring and resolute truth. There’s no coincidence that Kallat approaches painting as erasure. His colors bleed and dapple, assert ghostly form, play tricks of light; concocted from watery elixirs, applied and scraped off, misted with corrosive liquids, each layer melting seam lessly into the next inbiological and alchemical continuity. Their physicality isn't in their substance, but rather the complete lack of it – a conception of place as indelible stain, palimpsests of uncountable intimate gestures. His canvases are less surfaces than screens: image receptors and transmitters, broad casting fact and fiction in indistinguishable correlation.

Jitish Kallat (b.1974, India)

Baggage Claim, 2010

Acrylic on canvas, bronze
243.8 x 518.2 cm.
96 x 204 in.
Arndt Gallery, Berlin, Germany Current Location:
Hong Kong - G4Si PaintingSouth Asia


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UCCA, Beijing, China
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MAXXI, Rome, Italy
September 2011 - January 2012

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
February 2011 - July 2011

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Arndt Gallery, Berlin, Germany
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