Jitish Kallat. Cycles of Time
Time is a recurring theme in Jitish Kallat’s artwork, evoking ancestry, the history of the Indian subcontinent, ideas about survival and mortality, and daily acts of living. Its cycles are expansive and fractal: every breath is a unit that punctuates a lifetime. Kallat’s Event Horizon (the hour of the day of the month of the season) (2014) documents a mundane panoramic cityscape in a rainbow-hued lenticular print. The image shifts as the viewer changes position such that the same figures appear and reappear in different panels. Multiple timeframes are caught in a single image as if to suggest that history replays itself. Kallat’s idea that “embodied cognition,” or the awareness of oneself in space, “is central to really thinking about the world”1 seems at play here, suggesting that one’s position in space places them in both a single moment and an expansive history.