VENICE, ITALY - 9 MAY 2019: Visitors are seen here looking at "Covering Letter" (2012,
Fogscreen Projection) by artist Jitish Kallat (1974) at the group exhibition "Our Time for a Future Caring", curated by Roobina Karode for the Indian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy, on May 9th 2019.
Jitish Kallat’s video installation invites visitors to step into
a forgotten moment in history, a letter sent from Gandhi to Hitler, projected onto fog. The letter sent
before the start of the Second World War is addressed ‘Dear Friend’ and in revisiting this historical
document, Kallat reflects on the possibilities of peace and tolerance in a world plagued by violence and
like Dodiya, the traces Gandhi has left behind. This work is on display in Europe for the first time.
"Our Time for a Future Caring” is a group exhibition curated by Roobina Karode for the Indian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. This exhibition critically engages with the figure and philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi, reflecting on his enduring impact and the contemporary relevance of his ideals. Gandhi acts as focal point for different artistic interpretations, delving into broader issues of India’s history and
nationhood, as well more conceptual investigations into notions of freedom, nonviolence, action and agency. The exhibition forms part of India’s celebrations of ‘150 years of Gandhi’ and showcases artworks spanning from the twentieth century to the present day by Nandalal Bose, MF Husain, Atul
Dodiya, Jitish Kallat, Ashim Purkayastha, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Rummana Hussain and GR
The 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, titled "May You Live In Interesting Times”,is curated by Ralph Rugoff. The Exhibition is is divided into two separate presentations, Proposition A in the Arsenale and Proposition B in the Giardini’s Central Pavilion, comprising 79 artists from