RANBIR KALEKA

B. 1953

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Ranbir Kaleka (born 1953) is multi-media artist based in New Delhi. Kaleka was trained at College of Art, Chandigarh, and the Royal College of Art, London. Initially trained as a painter, his work has increasingly animated two-dimensional canvases within experimental film narrative sequences. Kaleka has been exhibited in a range of major international gallery and museums. In 2007, Dr. Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, Senior Judaica curator, Spertus Museum Chicago commissioned Kaleka to make a Holocaust memorial. The site-specific video installation is titled "Consider", an installation consisting of two projections, a painting and an audio narrative of oral testimony from Auschwitz. In 2005 Kaleka showed at the 51st Venice Biennale in the exhibition ‘iCon - India Contemporary’ Co-curated by Julie Evans, Gordon Knox and Peter Nagy. In 2002 Kaleka exhibited at the Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria in the exhibition Kapital and Karma: Recent Positions in Indian Art. Kaleka was awarded the National Award by the president of India at the 22nd National Exhibition of Art organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1979 in Delhi.