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Memoria Corona

Memoria Corona

Ivory duco paint FRP

Courtesy the Frank Cohen Colection

Reena Saini Kallat's Memoria Corona 2006 consists of a huge crown modelled on that of Queen Elizabeth ll. On top of it sits the magnificent Kohinoor diamond lost by India to the British at the time of the Empire. Close examination reveals that the surface of the crown is covered with names. They are those of freedom fighters who fought the British colonialists. This symbol of power and Empire is transformed by Reena Saini Kallat into a memorial to the lives that were lost during India's struggle for freedom.

Reena Saini Kallat

Reena Saini Kallat graduated from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1996 with a B.F.A. in painting. Her practice - spanning painting, photography, video, sculpture and installation, often incorporates multiple mediums into a single work. She frequently works with officially recorded or registered names of people, objects, and monuments that are lost or have disappeared without a trace, only to be listed as anonymous and forgotten statistics.

Her work has been widely exhibited across the world in venues including Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Kennedy Centre, Washington; Saatchi Gallery, London; SESC Pompeia and SESC Belenzino in Sao Paulo; Goteborgs Konsthall, Sweden; Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Henie Onstad Arken Museum in Denmark; Kunstsenter, Oslo; Casa Asia, Madrid and Barcelona; ZKM Karlsruhe in Germany; Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai; IVAM Museum, Spain; Busan MOMA; Kulturhuset, Stockholm; Chicago Cultural Centre.

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