At once dynamic and dysfunctional, the city is a heady mix of languages, castes, religions, and class difference. . . . Contradictions and chaos often procreate culture. The contradictions and chaos of Mumbai become coordinates for me to position the vital themes of my practice . . . hope, survival, and mortality.
Jitish Kallat, in conversation with Nina Miall, Jitish Kallat: Universal Recipient (London: Haunch of Venison, 2008), 49–50.