Reena Saini Kallat (b. 1973, Delhi, India) graduated from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1996 with a B.F.A. in painting. Her practice spanning drawing, photography, sculpture and video engages diverse materials, imbued with conceptual underpinnings. She is interested in the role that memory plays, in not only what we choose to remember but also how we think of the past. Using the motif of the rubberstamp both as object and imprint, signifying the bureaucratic apparatus, Kallat has worked 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. In her works made with electrical cables, wires usually serving as conduits of contact that transmit ideas and information, become painstakingly woven entanglements that morph into barbed wires like barriers. Her ongoing series using salt as a medium explores the tenuous yet intrinsic relationship between the body and the oceans, highlighting the fragility and unpredictability of existence.

She has widely exhibited at Institutions across the world such as Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Kennedy Centre, Washington; Vancouver Art Gallery; Saatchi Gallery, London; SESC Pompeia and SESC Belenzino in Sao Paulo; Goteborgs Konsthall, Sweden; Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Casa Asia, Madrid and Barcelona; ZKM Karlsruhe in Germany; Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai; IVAM Museum, Spain; Busan MOMA; Kulturhuset, Stockholm; Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland; Chicago Cultural Centre amongst many others. She lives and works in Mumbai.

Her works are part of several public and private collections including the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Initial Access (Frank Cohen Collection), UK; Fondazione Golinelli, Italy; Bhaudaji Lad Museum, Mumbai; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; Saatchi Gallery, London; Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Israel; Pizzuti Collection, Ohio; Ermenegildo Zegna Group, Italy; JSW Foundation, Mumbai, Burger Collection, Hongkong; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi amongst others.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Porous Passages, Nature Morte, New Delhi
2015 Hyphenated Lives, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai >>
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 >>
2011 Falling Fables, Maximum India at the Kennedy Centre, Washington >>
2011 Labyrinth of Absences, Nature Morte, New Delhi >>
2009 Drift, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan >>
2008 Silt of Seasons, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai >>
2008 Subject to Change without Notice, Walsh Gallery, Chicago >>
2006 Rainbow Of Refuse, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai and Singapore
2005 Black Flute (And Other Stories), Nature Morte, New Delhi
2004 Black Flute, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai >>
2002 The Battlefield Is The Mind, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
2002 Seven Faces of Dust, Chicago Radio, Mumbai
2000 Skin, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai and Art Inc. Gallery, New Delhi
1998 Orchard of Home-grown Secrets, Gallery Chemould and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Borders: Us and Them, curated by Qian Lin, NYU Shanghai Art Gallery, China >>
2017 Transforming Vision: 21st century art from the Pizzuti Collection, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio >>
2016 Insecurities: tracing Displacement and Shelter, organized by Sean Anderson and Ariele Dionne-Krosnick, The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York >>
2016 Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude, 10th Busan Biennale, curated by Cheagab Yun, Kiswire Suyeong factory, Busan,
South Korea >>
2016 Conceiving Space, Colombo Art Biennial, curated by Alnoor Mitha, Sri Lanka
2016 Make a Change, curated by Torun Ekstrand, Cultural Ronneby, Sweden
2016 Tabiyat: Medicine and Healing in India, curated by Ratan Vaswani, CSMVS (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya), Mumbai
2016 The Eye and The Mind: New Interventions in Indian Art, NGMA- Jaipur House, New Delhi
2015 The Eye and The Mind: New Interventions in Indian Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing
2015 Aperture, Indian Summer Festival, Old Canadian Pacific Railway Station, Vancouver
2015 The Eye and The Mind: New Interventions in Indian Art, China Art Museum, Shanghai
2015 A Summer Mix, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai >>
2015 One and one make eleven (Contemporary Art From India), Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland
2015 The Eye and The Mind: New Interventions in Indian Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2015 [en]counters 2015, Spaces in Transition, CST Terminus, Mumbai
2015 Kalaghoda Art Festival, Mumbai
2014 Off the wall, Sir. J.J. School of Art, Mumbai
2014 India: Maximum City, St. Moritz Art Masters, Switzerland
2014 Encounters:- Is There Love in This Air?, Cattle depot, C & G ArtPartment, Hong Kong
2014 Aesthetic Bind: Floating World, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai >>
2014 Forms of Activism, exhibition marking 25 years of SAHMAT at the Lalit Kala Akademi galleries, Rabindra bhavan, New Delhi >>
2014 Encounters 2014 – Is there love in the air?, Public project with Art Oxygen in Mumbai >>
2013 No-Mad-Ness in No-Man’s Land, Eslite Gallery, Taipei >>
2013 Haein Art Project, Haeinsa Temple, Korea >>
2013 “Something Old and Something New”, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea >>
2013 Partner a Master Exhibition, Artist/Mentor Programme, Premchand Roychand Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai >>
2013 Spell of Spill: Utopia of Ecology, Palette Art Gallery, Delhi >>
2013 EN(counters): POWERplay, along Mumbai’s waterfronts, gardens and historic sites >>
2013 JJ’s 90s – The Time of Change, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai
2012 India Today, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 The Indian Parallax or the Doubling of Happiness, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
2012 WONDERS – Masterpieces from Private Collections, Denmark
2012 India side by side, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasilia >>
2012 Group show, Eigen + Art Lab, Berlin >>
2012 India Side by Side,SESC Belenzino, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2012 Stemmer fra Pandemonium, Punkt-Galleri F 15, Moss, Norway >>
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
2012 Kalaghoda Art Festival, Mumbai
2012 The Skoda Prize Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi >>
2011 India Side by Side, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio De Janeiro
2011 Giant Elephant : Contemporary Art from India, H Cube Gallery, Seoul
2011 Roundabout, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 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
2011 RED, Palette Art Gallery, Delhi
2011 Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema, Cricket – The New cultural Icons of India, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2011 Samtidigt, Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland >>
2011 Iconoclasts and Iconodules, curated by Ombretta Argo, Religare Art Gallery, New Delhi
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 >>
2010 The River Project, Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney >>
2010 Roundabout, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand >>
2010 Waterways, Walsh Gallery, Chicago >>
2010 In Transition: New Art from India, Richmond Art Gallery Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver >>
2010 Bring Me a Lion: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art at Webster University, curated by Jeffrey Hughes and Dana Turkovic, Cecile R. Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri >>
2010 Never Run Away, 2 person exhibition curated by Shaheen Merali, Stux Gallery, New York >>
2010 The Empire Strikes Back, Saatchi Gallery, London >>
2010 Urban Manners 2, Contemporary Artists from India, curated by Adelina Von Furstenberg in collaboration with Peter Nagy, at SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil >>
2009 View Points and Viewing points – 2009 Asian Art Biennale, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts >>
2009 Spectrum: Indian Art at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2009 Milan Galleria, curated by Georgio Verzotti, Triennale Museum, Milan
2009 Passage to India Part II show at 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 >>
2009 INDIA XIANZAI: Contemporary Indian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai >>
2009 Low Blow: And Other Species of Confusion, Stux gallery, New York >>
2009 Indian Narratives in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History,Casa Asia, Madrid and Barcelona, Spain >>
2009 Body Chatter, Walsh Gallery, Chicago >>
2008 Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Japan >>
2008 India Moderna, curator: Juan Guardiola, organized by Casa Asia, IVAM Museum, Valencia, Spain
2008 3rd Nanjing Triennale, curators: Fumihiko Sumitomo, Jaeyoung Kang, China
2008 TEAF (Taehwagang Eco Art Festival) – Dream River, Korea
2008 Everywhere is War (And Rumours of it), Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 Fire Walkers, Stefan Stux gallery, New York >>
2008 Three Points of view, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinrucke, Mumbai >>
2008 Excavation: Memory / Myth / Membrane, Museum Gallery, Mumbai
2007 International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, Korea
2007 Soft Power: Asian Attitude, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
2007 Urban Manners, curated by Adelina Von Furstenberg, at Hangar Bicocca, Milan >>
2007 INDIA NOW: Contemporary Indian Art, Between Continuity and transformation, curated by Daniela Palozzoli at Spazio Oberdan,
Milan >>
2007 New Narratives: Contemporary Art From India, curated by Betty Seid, Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago
2007 Thermocline Of Art- New Asian Waves, curated by Wonil Rhee and Peter Weibel at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany
2006 Modern Indian Works On Paper, Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia and the Georgia Museum of Art, 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 and Busan MoMA
2006 India Express – Art and Popular Culture, Art Museum Tennispalace, curators: Tuija Kuutti and Erja Pusa, organized by the Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland
2005 Mom and Pop Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
2005 Span, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2005 Indian Paintings of the New Millenium, curated by Helen Asquine Fazio at Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, USA
2004 Contemporary Art from India, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
2004 Zoom! Art in Contemporary India. Curators: Nancy Adajania and Luis Serpa, The Culturgest Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
2003 Crossing generations: diVERGE, Gallery Chemould’s 40th anniversary, Curators: Geeta Kapoor and Chaitanya Sambrani, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
2003 Hard Copy, two-person show with Jitish Kallat, Gallery 88, Calcutta
2003 Tiranga, curator: Peter Nagy, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2003 Elephant Walks, Youth Arts Project in collaboration with Jitish Kallat as part of Indians + Cowboys exhibition, Curators: Aaron Seetu and Ruth Watson Gallery 4A, Sydney
2003 The Tree From The Seed, Contemporary Art from India, curator: Gavin Jantjes Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Oslo), Norway
2002 Crosscurrents, organized by Artworks for the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2002 Reclaim Our Freedom, organized by Open Circle, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
2002 Crossing Borders, Gallery Windkracht 13, Den Helder, Holland
2001 Big River 2, CCA7 Gallery, Port Of Spain, Trinidad
2001 AOM- Art on the move, organized by Sahmat, New Delhi
1999 Edge of the Century, curated by Amit Mukhopadhyay, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi
1998 Essays in Time, Kinetic Sculptures, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
1997 India in Harmony 1947-1997, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
1997 A Page From My Diary, Sans Tache Art Gallery, Mumbai
1997 Fresh Work, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai
1996 Monsoon Show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1995 Varsha ’95, Y. B. Chavan Gallery, Mumbai
SELECTED WORKSHOPS AND RESIDENCIES
2014 Visas to Happiness – 3, workshop with children at the 2014 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
2013 Partner a Master Workshop Artist/Mentor Programme, organized by Art 1st Foundation in collaboration with Mohile Parikh Centre, Mumbai >>
2012 Visas to Happiness, workshop with children as part of the exhibition ‘To Let the World In’, Chennai
2011 Iaspis Residency, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2009 Vanishing Point, children’s project at the Celebrate Bandra Festival, Mumbai
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
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 Big River 2, International Artists Workshop organized by CCA7 and the Triangle Arts Trust at Grand Riviere, Trinidad, West Indies
TALKS/PRESENTATIONS
2017 Citizens and Borders: Migration and Displacement, panel discussion with Reena Saini Kallat, Tania Bruguera and Tiffany Chung in conversation with Sean Anderson at the Jaipur Literature Festival; presented by MOMA >>
2017 Artist talk at NYU Shanghai Gallery, China >>
2016 Artist talk with the C-MAP session at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York
2016 Artist talk with the Chicago Collectors Circle (CCC) at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), Chicago
2015 Walkthrough ‘Hyphenated Lives’, Reena Kallat and Nancy Adajania at Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
2015 Artists talk at Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
2015 Mumbai Local: Ideas and the Artist in collaboration with Junoon, Mcubed library, Mumbai
2015 Artists talk at CSMVS (former Prince of Wales Museum), Mumbai
2015 Artists panel at Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), FIELD MEETING Take 2: An afterthought in Venice
2015 Artists Talk at ‘What About Art?’, Arts management agency, in collaboration with ArtOxyen, Mumbai
2014 Artists talk at Asia Society, during the Asian Contemporary Art Week in New York
2014 Moving Millimeter: Talk by Reena Kallat for Mumbai Local, Bhaudaji Lad Museum, Mumbai
2014 ‘Meet the Artist’ session for the students from South Asia Inter School Association (SAISA), Art Festival hosted by the American School of Bombay
2013 ‘Who is the Audience?’ IAF 2013 I Conversations, panel discussion with Kamini Sawhney, Matthieu Foss moderated by Ranjit Hoskote, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
2013 ‘Rendezvous with the Artist’ series by Asia Society at the artists studio in Mumbai, sponsored by Christies.
2012 Artists Talk at the World Economic Forum, Tianjin
2012 ‘Why I am not a woman artist’ panel discussion with Anju Dodiya, moderated by Nancy Adajania at the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai
2011 Artists Talk at GIBCA Speak Easy (GSE), Goteborg
2011 Informal talk at HDK – The School of Design and Crafts, Goteborg
2011 Artists Talk at the Iaspis Residency Studio, Stockholm
2010 Short presentation as part of The River Project at The Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
2011 Artists Talk at the Krishnakriti Festival 2011, Kalakriti Gallery, Hyderabad
2010 Panel discussion moderated by Maria Lantz, with participating artists during the exhibition Samtidigt at Kulturhuset, Stockholm
2009 Panel discussion with artist Gulam Sheikh, co-chair: Sabine B. Vogel, art critic at the Sammlung Essl Museum, Vienna
2008 Slide presentation followed by a panel discussion with Nalini Malani and Jayshree Chakravarty, moderated by Nancy Adajania at Jnanapravaha, Mumbai
2008 Slide presentation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2007 Panel discussion with Nalini Malani, Sheba Chhachhi, moderated by Betty Seid at the Chicago Cultural Centre
2007 Lecture at the University Boccini, Milan
2006 Slide presentation at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, USA
2006 Artists Talk at the Griffith Auditorium, Georgia Museum of Art, USA
2003 Slide presentation at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway
2000 Slide presentation at Mohile Parikh Centre for the Visual Arts, Mumbai
AWARDS
2016 Zee: Indian Women Awards in Arts & Culture category, Delhi
2012 ZegnArt Public Award in collaboration with Dr. Bhaudaji Lad Museum, Mumbai
2011 YFLO ZOYA Young Women Achievers Awards 2010-11, Delhi
2005 Harmony Award, Mumbai
1996 Bombay Art Society Merit Certificate, Mumbai
1996 Second Prize Government Award, Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai
1995 Gladstone Solomon Award, Mumbai
1991-1996 Merit Scholarship, Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai