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Whorled (Here After Here After Here)

February 16, 2023 - April 22, 2023

Whorled, Somerset House

Whorled (Here After Here After Here), an installation by Mumbai-based artist, Jitish Kallat, will be on display at Somerset House from 16 February to 23 April, 2023.

The installation cocsists of two 336-metre-long intersecting spirals that echo the road signs of the United Kingdom. It links Somerset House’s neoclassical courtyard to places all over the world and the universe. The courtyard is transformed into a cosmic whorl, which spirals outward from its centre.

Like a lot of Kallat’s art, this one incorporates sacred geometry and alchemical designs while weaving together the immediate and the cosmic, the past and present.

A continuity of text and symbols that reflects the visual character of UK road signs is formed by two enormous, extended scrolls that connect to form spirals. These markers point to celestial objects like the Moon and Mars and far-off stars in the Milky Wayi illustrating the distance from Somerset House to places on the globe and beyond.

Portrait of Jitish Kallat; Credit_ courtesy of the artist
Portrait of Jitish Kallat; courtesy of the artist

Jitish Kallat

Born in 1974 in Mumbai Jitish Kallat has exhibited widely at museums and institutions around the world, including Tate Modern (London),

Whorled (Here After Here After Here)

Thursday 16 February to Sunday 23 April, 2023, at The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House. The exhibition is curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Director of Exhibitions, Somerset House.

There will be a live activation of Whorled (Here After Here After Here) in as part of the Morgan Stanley Lates at Somerset House.

More information can be found here.

Main image: Jitish Kallat, Here After Here After Here, 2012-15.



February 16, 2023
April 22, 2023
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