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Dedicated to presenting large-scale sculpture and installation works by leading artists from around the world, Encounters provides visitors to Art Basel in Hong Kong with the opportunity to see works of an institutional scale. It offers an international platform to works and artists that transcend the traditional art fair stands. Encounters presents works within the gallery sectors, in prominent locations throughout the exhibition halls. This sector is curated by Yuko Hasegawa.
Circa is a completely handcrafted unique sculpture in 120 unique parts, cast in pigmented resin and steel. With intricate sculptural reliefs of mythic animal forms emerging from the surface of simulated bamboo stems, it is one of the most detailed and labour-intensive sculptures produced by Jitish Kallat. Circa completely shifts shape depending on the architecture of the space.
It has been displayed at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai, the Lalit Kala Akademi in Delhi, the Ian Potter Museum and now at the Encounters sector of Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 - each time it re-fashions itself according to the space.
While Circa in one glimpse appears to be a bamboo-scaffold, on closer viewing one will notice several detailed sculptural reliefs of animals devouring each other; this evocative imagery of mythic animals were referenced from the porch of the Victoria Terminus building in the center of Mumbai which two million people enter and exit every day. These sculptural protrusions recur throughout the sculptural installation like an image-script evoking alphabets that reappear in a sentence or within a word.
In Hong Kong and India, as well as in several parts of Asia, the bamboo scaffolding is an omnipresent and potent sign of change; it rises high, forming the gridded support that leads a nascent building towards the sky. A scaffold manifests any time an aging structure awaits demolition or seeks renewal. Similarly in several parts of Asia, and especially in Chinese traditions, the bamboo surface has historically also been used as a scribal medium on which to inscribe a text or narrative. With Circa Jitish Kallat interlaces the historical scribal use of bamboo with its function as scaffold, to fashion a multi-layered artwork rich in evocations and meaning. Circa at one level can be described as a solemn scripture on survival, it is equally a playful sculpture.
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