20 March 2008
JITISH KALLAT (B. 1974)
signed and dated "2006, JITISH KALLAT,1/3, ANNEXE" (under left foot)
fiberglass, black lead, stainless steel base
57 x 18 x 18 in. (144.8 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm.)
Executed in 2006; edition 1/3
An edition of this work is in the collection of the Saatchi Gallery, London.
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The Human Figure, exh. cat., Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2000, p. 67.
New Delhi, Lalit Kala Academi, The Human Figure, 2006.
Many of my sculptures begin with the image of a young underprivileged child appearing variously as a street waif, a child labourer, a juvenile victim of numerous atrocities. They embody the spirit of survival, holding up the twin narratives of strife and grit. 'Annexe' carries a whip with which he lashes himself to earn a living, enduring a silent monologue with pain. His feet are shaped like homes, forming the quintessential image of a nomad whose home is where he lays his feet. Treated in black-lead, 'Annexe' ensures that you take back a black stain on your fingers if you choose to touch him. Touch remains the moment of friction for all interactions between the privileged and the underprivileged; and these sculptures provoke a tactile engagement, seek a physical reaction and demonstrate the discomfort. Yet another metaphorical underpinning that interests me is that black-lead is the softest form of carbon while diamond remains the hardest.
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