Sreshta Rit Premnath
This new body of work by Sreshta Rit Premnath uses “kettling”—the repressive police tactic of controlling and corralling protestors—as its conceptual basis. In a series of sumi-ink paintings titled The Pot Calls The Kettle Black Premnath appropriates diagrams from a police manual to map the collision between forces of power and dissent. In his site-specific installation titled Kettling Premnath uses metal forms similar to police barricades as the armature that simultaneously holds up and constrains figure-like sculpture made of foam and plaster that he calls “slumps.” Taken together this project is a meditation on the widespread popular uprisings seen across the world over the last year that have been facing police brutality.
Kettling is a key part of a series that Premnath has developed for solo presentations at Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver, MIT List Visual Arts Center, and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnatti (forthcoming).