River Boundaries Break the Sound of Silence Between Them
Electric wires and metal
Similar to Vortex, Kallat’s River Boundaries Break the Sound of Silence Between Them traces the boundaries between countries fighting over the use of shared rivers. Electrical wires are wrapped around nails here to create barriers, referencing border fences and the violence associated with them. Rivers do not recognize political borders, whether it is the Rhine, the Nile, the Arpaçay, or the Imjin River flowing between North and South Korea, the Danube between Serbia and Croatia, the Rio Grande between the USA and Mexico, the Shatt-Al-Arab between Iran and Iraq, or the Indus between India and Pakistan. The artist has rearranged artificial political borderlines such as those formed by the above rivers, dividing them into groups. The resulting variations in the lines generate a more familiar and liberating topography, where rigid territorial boundaries seamlessly transition into a free-flowing river.