Posted on December 06, 2019

Qatar Museums (QM) hosted its 4th Public Art Talks session at the Fire Station with renowned artist Jitish Kallat. The session was moderated by Tom Eccles, Special Advisor of Public Art at QM, and discussed the artist’s inspirations and practice.

Jitish Kallat’s work reveals a continued engagement with the ideas of time, sustenance, recursion and historical recall. He has exhibited his work widely across the world in contexts such as galleries, museums and biennials. In 2017, the National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi) presented a mid-career retrospective of his work titled Here After Here 1992-2017 curated by Catherine David. In 2014 he served as the Curator and Artistic Director of the second edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India. Kallat was born in Mumbai in 1974, the city where he continues to live and work.

The final session of the series will take place on the 9th of December at the Fire Station at 7pm. The session will be moderated by Tom Eccles and will bring together Nazgol Ansarinia, Rashid Johnson, Ernesto Neto and Suki Seokyeong Kang.

Nazgol Ansarinia has a practice that poetically investigates the everyday. Her work seeks out the most mundane aspects of life in her home city of Tehran, isolating and reassembling found objects to highlight their evocative dimensions. The artist's background in design informs her practice, which employs a variety of media such as video, sculpture and drawing.

Rashid Johnson has a multidisciplinary practice that incorporates diverse materials rich with symbolism and personal history. Johnson embeds a range of everyday materials and objects in his work that are often associated with his childhood and collective aspects of African American intellectual history and cultural identity.

Ernesto Neto explores constructions of social space and the natural world by inviting physical interaction and sensory experience. Neto incorporates organic shapes and materials such as spices, sand and shells in his work to renegotiate boundaries between the organic and manmade, the natural, spiritual and social worlds.

Suki Seokyeong Kang works in sculpture, video and performance installations. Her sculptural objects in powder coated steel and wood are softened by fluid textiles and fabrics that are draped or tied on the static structures. Kang’s work explores systems of movement and rhythmic practices, often looking to personal stories and South Korean histories of dance or music.

“We have had a though-provoking season of public art talks by some of the most important artists of our time,” said Abdulrahman Al Ishaq, Head of Public Art at QM. “We hope that audiences in Qatar have enjoyed these sessions and we look forward to hosting more in the future.”