Reena Saini Kallat

Reena Saini Kallat (born 1973) is an Indian visual artist. She currently lives and works in Mumbai.


Early life

Kallat was born in 1973 in Delhi, India. She graduated from Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in 1996 with a B.F.A. in painting. Her practice spanning drawingphotographysculpture 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 across the world in venues 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.

Select solo exhibitions

  • Orchard of Home-grown Secrets, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai (1998)
  • Skin, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai and Art Inc. Gallery, New Delhi (2000)
  • Seven Faces of Dust, Chicago Radio, Mumbai (2002)
  • The Battlefield Is The Mind, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore (2002)
  • Black Flute, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai 2004
  • Black Flute(And Other Stories), Nature Morte, New Delhi (2005)
  • Rainbow Of Refuse, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai (2006)
  • Subject to Change without Notice, Walsh Gallery, Chicago (2008)
  • Silt of Seasons, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai (2008)
  • Drift, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan (2009)
  • Labyrinth of Absences, Nature Morte, New Delhi (2011)
  • Anatomy of forking paths,Art Houz, Art Chennai (2014)
  • ZegnArt Public project with Dr. Bhaudaji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2013)
  • Falling Fables, part of Maximum India at the Kennedy Centre, Washington 2011
  • Offsite, Public Art Project, Vancouver Art Gallery (2015)
  • Porous Passages, Nature Morte, New Delhi
  • Hyphenated Lives, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai

Select group exhibitions

  • Varsha ’95, Y. B. Chavan Gallery, Mumbai (1995)
  • Monsoon Show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (1996)
  • Fresh Work, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai (1997)
  • Essays in Time, Kinetic Sculptures, Nehru Centre, Mumbai (1998)
  • Edge of the Century, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi (1999)
  • AOM- Art on the move, New Delhi (2001)
  • Big River 2, CCA7 Gallery, Port Of Spain, Trinidad (2001)
  • Crossing Borders, Gallery Windkracht 13, Den Helder, Holland (2002)
  • Reclaim Our Freedom, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai (2002)
  • Crosscurrents, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2002)
  • Contemporary Art from India, Oslo, Norway (2003)
  • Indians + Cowboys, Gallery 4A, Sydney (2003)
  • Tiranga, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (2003)
  • Hard Copy, Gallery 88, Calcutta (2003)
  • Crossing generations: diVERGENational Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai(2003)
  • Zoom! Art in Contemporary India, The Culturgest Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (2004)
  • Contemporary Art from India, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2004)
  • Indian Paintings of the New Millennium,Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, Fairfield University, USA (2005)
  • Span, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2005)
  • Mom and Pop Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago (2005)
  • India Express – Art and Popular Culture, Art Museum Tennispalace, (2006)
  • Hungry God- Indian Contemporary Art, Arario Gallery, Beijing and Busan MoMA (2006)
  • Lille 3000(Maximum City-Mumbai), Lille, France (2006)
  • Modern Indian Works On Paper, Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia and the Georgia Museum of Art, USA (2006)
  • Thermocline Of Art- New Asian WavesCenter for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany (2007)
  • New Narratives: Contemporary Art From India, Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago (2007)
  • INDIA NOW: Contemporary Indian Art, Between Continuity and transformation, Spazio Oberdan, Milan (2007)
  • Urban Manners, at Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2007)
  • Soft Power: Asian AttitudeShanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2007)
  • Incheon Women Artists’ BiennaleIncheonSouth Korea(2007)
  • Excavation: Memory/Myth/Membrane, Museum Gallery, Mumbai (2008)
  • Three Points of view, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinrucke, Mumbai (2008)
  • 3rd Nanjing Triennale, China (2008)
  • India Moderna, IVAM Museum, Valencia, Spain (2008)
  • Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian ArtMori Art MuseumJapan(2008)
  • Indian Narratives in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History, Casa Asia, Madrid and Barcelona, Spain (2009)
  • Low Blow: And Other Species of Confusion, Stux gallery, New York (2009)
  • INDIA XIANZAI: Contemporary Indian ArtMuseum of Contemporary Art Shanghai(2009)
  • Ventosul Biennale, Curitiba, Brazil (2009)
  • Milan Galleria, Triennale Museum, Milan (2009)
  • View Points and Viewing points– Asian Art Biennale, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2009)
  • Urban Manners 2, Contemporary Artists from India, SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil (2010)
  • The Empire Strikes BackSaatchi Gallery, London (2010)
  • In Transition: New Art from IndiaVancouver International Sculpture Biennale, Vancouver (2010)
  • RoundaboutTel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2011)
  • Pandemonium: Art in a Time of Creativity Fever, Goteborg International Biennale for Contemporary Art, (2011)
  • Maximum IndiaThe John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington (2011)
  • SamtidigtHelsinki City Art Museum, Finland] (2011)
  • India: Art NowArken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (2012)
  • JJ’s 90s – The Time of Change, Mumbai Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai] (2013)
  • Aesthetic Bind: Floating World, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai (2014)
  • The Eye and The Mind: New Interventions in Indian Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing
  • Aperture, Indian Summer Festival, Old Canadian Pacific Railway Station, Vancouver
  • The Eye and The Mind: New Interventions in Indian Art, China Art Museum, Shanghai
  • A Summer Mix,Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
  • 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(2015)
  • Insecurities: tracing Displacement and Shelter, organized by Sean Anderson and Ariele Dionne-Krosnick, The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York
  • 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(2016)

Artist residencies

In 2002 Kallat was an artist-in-residence in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec at the Boreal Art and Nature Centre in Canada. In 2011 she was awarded an IASPIS residency to work and study in GothenburgSweden.


Kallat has been the recipient of a number of awards, including:

  • Gladstone Solomon Award (1995)
  • Bombay Art Society Merit Certificate (1996)
  • Second Prize Government Award, Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art(1996)
  • Harmony Award (2005)
  • YFLO ZOYA Young Women Achievers Awards 2010-11, Delhi (2011)
  • ZegnArt Public Award in collaboration with Dr. Bhaudaji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2012)
  • Zee: Indian Women Awards in Arts & Culture category, Delhi (2016)




Kallat’s work is held in the following public collections: