Reena Saini Kallat



Performance, Sculpture

Reena Saini Kallat

Born in 1973, Delhi, India.
Lives and works in Delhi, India.

Reena Saini Kallat graduated from Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1996 with a B.F.A. in painting. Her practice – spanning painting, photography, video, sculpture and installation, often incorporates multiple mediums into a single work. She frequently works with officially recorded or registered names of people, objects, and monuments that are lost or have disappeared without a trace, only to get listed as anonymous and forgotten statistics. One of the recurrent motifs in her work is the rubber stamp, used as an object and an imprint, signifying the bureaucratic apparatus, which both confirms and obscures identities. Her work has been widely exhibited across the world and she has participated in a number of workshops and residencies. She lives and works in Mumbai.

Solo exhibitions:

2021. Deep Rivers Run Quiet. Norrtalje Konsthall, Sweden
2020. Verso-Recto-Verso. MNAAG-Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet. Paris, France
2020. Deep Rivers Run Quiet, Viewing Room, Nature Morte. Delhi, India
2020. MOCA London Web Exhibition, London, UK
2020. Verso-Recto-Recto-Verso, presented by Nature Morte at Bikander House. New Delhi, India
2019. Blind Spots, Chemould Prescott Road. Mumbai, India
2017. Earth Families, Manchester Museum, UK
2015. Porous Passages. Nature Morte. New Delhi, India
2015. Hyphenated Lives, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, India
2015. Offsite, Public Art Project, Vancouver Art Gallery
2014. Anatomy of forking paths, Art Houz, during Art Chennai
2013. ZegnArt Public project with Dr. Bhaudaji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India
2011. Falling Fables, Maximum India at th Kennedy Centre, Washington, USA
2011. Labyrinth of Absencs, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India
2009. Drift, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
2008. Slit of Seasons, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, India
2008. Subject to Change without Notice, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
2006. Rainbow Of Refuse, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai and Singapore
2005. Black Flute (And Other Stories). Nature Morte. New Delhi. India.
2004. Black Flute, Gallery Chemould. Mumbai. India.
2002. The Battlefield Is The Mind. Sakshi Gallery. Bangalore. India.
2002. Seven Faces of Dust. Chicago Radio. Mumbai. India.
2000. Skin. Gallery Chemould. Mumbai and Art Inc. Gallery. New Delhi. India.
1998. Orchard of Home-grown Secrets. Gallery Chemould and Pundole Art Gallery. Mumbai. India. 

Group exhibitions:

2021. Holding Space, South South Veza, Online Viewing Rooms (OVR´s by 50+ galleries
2021. On I Site, Collaborative project organised by four Indian galleries, presented by Nature Morte at Bikaner House, New Delhi, India
2021. Tree Story curated by Charlotte Day, MUMA Melbourne, Australia
2021. When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art, curated by Eva Respini and Ruth Erickson, Cantor Arts Centre at Staford University
2020. Potential Worlds 1:
2012. SESC Belenzino. Sao Paulo. Brazil.
2012. Stemmer fra Pandemonium. Punkt-Galleri F 15. Moss. Norway 
2012. Group show. Eigen + Art La. Berlin. Germany.
2012. To Let the World In: Narrative and Beyond in Contemporary Indian Art. Lalit Kala Regional Centre. Chennai. India.
2012. The Contemporary Sultanate. the Sunrydge. New Delhi. India.
2012. Kalaghoda Art Festival. Mumbai. India.
2012. The Skoda Prize Exhibition. Lalit Kala Academy. New Delhi. India.
2011. India Side by Side. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil. Rio De Janeiro. Brazil.
2011. Giant Elephant: Contemporary Art from India. H Cube Gallery. Seoul.
2011. Roundabout. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Tel Aviv. Israel.
2011. Goteborg International Biennale for Contemporary Art. curated by Sarat Maharaj. Göteborgs Konsthall and Bohuslans Konsthall. Uddevalla. Sweden.
2011. Right to Dissent. Clark House. Mumbai. India.
2011. RED. Palette Art Gallery. Delhi. India.
2011. Maximum India. The Kennedy Centre. Washington. USA.
2011. Of Gods and Goddesses. Cinema. Cricket – The New cultural Icons of India. Jehangir Art Gallery. Mumbai. India.
2011. Samtidigt. Helsinki City Art Museum. Finland.
2011. Iconoclasts and Iconodules. Religare Art Gallery. New Delhi. India.
2011. The Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale. Surrey Art Gallery. Canada.
2011. The Intuitive: Logic Revisted. from the Osians Collection at The World Economic Forum. Davos. Switzerland.
2010. La Route de la Soie / The Silk Road. Lille 3000. France.
2010. Samtidigt. Kulterhuset. Stockholm. Sweden
2010. The River Project. Campbelltown Art Centre. Sydney. Australia.
2010. Roundabout. City Gallery Wellington. New Zealand.
2010. Waterways. Walsh Gallery. Chicago. USA.
2010. In Transition: New Art from India. Richmond Art Gallery Vancouver Biennale. Vancouver. Canada.
2010. Bring Me a Lion: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art at Webster University. Cecile R. Hunt Gallery. St. Louis. Missouri. USA.
2010. Never Run Away. Stux Gallery. New York. USA.
2010. The Empire Strikes Back. Saatchi Gallery. London. UK.
2010. Urban Manners 2. Contemporary Artists from India. SESC Pompeia. Sao Paulo. Brazil.
2009. View Points and Viewing points. Asian Art Biennale. National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Taiwan.
2009. Spectrum: Indian Art at Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates.
2009. Milan Galleria. curated by Georgio Verzotti. Triennale Museum. Milan. Italy.
2009. Passage to India Part II. Initial Access. Frank Cohen Collection. Wolverhampton. UK.
2009. Ventosul Biennale. Curitiba. Brazil.
2009. Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art. National Museum of Contemporary Art. Korea and Essl Museum. Vienna. Austria.
2009. INDIA XIANZAI: Contemporary Indian Art. Museum of Contemporary Art. Shanghai. China.
2009. Low Blow: And Other Species of Confusion. Stux gallery. New York. USA.
2009. Indian Narratives in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History. Casa Asia. Madrid, Barcelona. Spain.
2009. Body Chatter. Walsh Gallery. Chicago. USA.
2008. Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art. Mori Art Museum. Japan.
2008. India Moderna. curator: Juan Guardiola. IVAM Museum. Valencia. Spain.
2008. 3rd Nanjing Triennale. China.
2008. TEAF (Taehwagang Eco Art Festival). Dream River. Korea.
2008. Everywhere is War (And Rumours of it). Bodhi Art Gallery. Mumbai. India.
2008. Fire Walkers. Stefan Stux gallery. New York. USA.
2008. Three Points of view. Galerie Mirchandan + Steinrucke. Mumbai. India.
2008. Excavation: Memory / Myth / Membrane. Museum Gallery. Mumbai. India.
2007. International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale. Korea.
2007. Soft Power: Asian Attitude. Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art. Shanghai. China.
2007. Urban Manners. Hangar Bicocca. Milan. Italy.
2007. INDIA NOW: Contemporary Indian Art. Between Continuity and transformation. Spazio Oberdan. Milan. Italy.
2007. New Narratives: Contemporary Art From India. Chicago Cultural Centre. Chicago. USA.
2007. Thermocline Of Art - New Asian Waves. ZKM. Karlsruhe. Germany.
2006. Modern Indian Works On Paper. Arthur Ross Gallery. Georgia Museum of Art. Philadelphia. USA.
2006. Lille 3000 (Maximum City-Mumbai). Lille. France.
2006. Hungry God - Indian Contemporary Art. curated by Yun Chaegab and June Gwak. Arario Gallery. Beijing, Busan MoMA. China, Korea.
2006. India Express – Art and Popular Culture. Art Museum Tennispalace. curated by Tuija Kuutti and Erja Pusa. Helsinki City Art Museum. Finland.
2005. Mom and Pop Art. Walsh Gallery. Chicago. USA.
2005. Span. Sakshi Gallery. Mumbai. India.
2005. Indian Paintings of the New Millenium.Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University. USA.
2004. Contemporary Art from India. Thomas Erben Gallery. New York. USA.
2003. Crossing generations: diVERGE. curated by Geeta Kapoor and Chaitanya Sambrani. National Gallery of Modern Art. Mumbai. India.
2003. Hard Copy, two-person show with Jitish Kallat. Gallery 88. Calcutta. India.
2003. Tiranga. India Habitat Centre. New Delhi. India.
2003. Elephant Walks (Youth Arts Project in collaboration with Jitish Kallat as part of Indians + Cowboys exhibition). Gallery 4A. Sydney. Australia.
2003. The Tree From The Seed, Contemporary Art from India. Oslo. Norway.
2002. Crosscurrents. Jehangir Art Gallery. Mumbai. India.
2002. Reclaim Our Freedom. Pundole Art Gallery. Mumbai. India.
2002. Crossing Borders. Gallery Windkracht 13. Den Helder. Netherlands.
2001. Big River 2. CCA7 Gallery. Port Of Spain. Trinidad.
2001. AOM - Art on the move. Sahmat. New Delhi. India.
1999. Edge of the Century. Academy of Fine Arts and Literature. New Delhi. India.
1998. Essays in Time, Kinetic Sculptures. Nehru Centre. Mumbai. India.
1997. India in Harmony 1947-1997. Nehru Centre. Mumbai. India.
1997. A Page From My Diary. Sans Tache Art Gallery. Mumbai. India.
1997. Fresh Work. Birla Academy of Art and Culture. Mumbai. India.
1996. Monsoon Show. Jehangir Art Gallery. Mumbai. India.
1995. Varsha ’95. Y. B. Chavan Gallery. Mumbai. India.

Workshops and Residencies:


2012. Visas to Happiness. workshop with children as part of the exhibition ‘To Let the World In’, Chennai. India.
2011. Iaspis Residency. Gothenburg. Sweden.
2009. Vanishing Point. children’s project at the Celebrate Bandra Festival. Mumbai. India.
2007. Collaborative workshop as part of the exhibition Aftershock. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. University of East Anglia. Norwich. UK.
2003. Collaborated on a Billboard project with Jitish Kallat. Kala Ghoda Art District. Mumbai. India.
2003. Elephant Walks. Youth Arts Project at the Casula Power House Arts Centre. Liverpool. Australia.
2002. Khoj 2002 International Artists Workshop. Mysore. India.
2002. Identity and Landscape. residency in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec at the Boreal Art/Nature Centre. Canada.
2001. InBig River 2. international Artists Workshop organized by CCA7 and the Triangle Arts Trust at Grand Riviere. Trinidad.