Delhi's street vendorsRashmi Kaleka (b. 1957) lives in Delhi and works with audio art. Chhota Paisa (Small Change) (2012) is based on the sounds of Delhi’s street vendors in the early morning hours. The morning cries of the street vendors from sunrise on are the city’s alarm clock, a cacophony of voices to which the city wakes up every day.
For several years Kaleka has sought out the street vendors and recorded their voices. The recordings have been composed into a musical sound collage in collaboration with the Swiss composer Hans Koch. The audio work is accompanied by a video panning shot of the roofs of Delhi at dawn.
It is a beautiful and very moving work in which the artist acts as an anthropologist, capturing and preserving a local, authentic culture about to disappear due to globalization.
Myriad of destinies
Jitish Kallat (b. 1974) lives and works in Mumbai. The billboard painting Allegory of the Endless Morning (2012) was created for the exhibition. It takes its point of departure in a panoramic photograph that he took one morning in front of a local railway station in Mumbai. In the painting a myriad of destinies is portrayed. Do they live in hope, pain or joy?
Mumbai is one of the world’s largest, most densely populated cities, with a population of around 21 million if you count the suburbs. In certain neighbourhoods around 120,000 people live per sq. km. In Denmark’s most densely populated area, Frederiksberg Municipality, just under 11,000 people live per sq. km. Every sixth person in the word is Indian.
As Jitish Kallat himself says; "The highly populated city of Mumbai, where I live, is almost a theater where the codes of daily existence are pushed to the extreme and this continually percolates my practice."