Indian artist Kallat plays around with our conceptions of size and proportion at this trippy exhibit.
Indian artist Jitish Kallat is perhaps best known for using art to subvert standard conceptions of size and proportion, inflating or deflating familiar objects and placing them in unfamiliar contexts. Kallat’s latest works attempt to recontextualize natural animal processes like eating and sleeping. And so, photos of various fruits are reimagined as psychedelic clouds (‘Sightings’), Indian bread takes the place of the moon in a cyclical video piece (‘Infinitum’), and wild animals lapse into a deep sleep, with no threat from predators or hunters (‘The Infinite Episode’). This desire to confuse our habitual understandings is also symbolised by the wide variety of techniques the artist blends into his works (drawing, sculpture, photography, video, installation). From start to finish, Kallat flirts with the big themes of science and philosophy, and effectively outlines his strangely poetic conception of the universe.
TRANSLATION: HUW OLIVER
BY ELISE BOUTIÉ