|"Public Notice #2"|
Art Gallery New South Wales
|On 12th March, 1930, Mahatma Gandhi gave a speech that marked the beginning of his "salt march", during which he walked 390 kms to the coastal town of Dandi in Gujarat. There he gathered salt and refused to pay the tax imposed by the colonial British government. This simple, and now famous, act inspired national civil disobedience, spurring an intensified Indian independence movement. Gandhi's legacy of non-violent protest continues to influence political action worldwide.|
In "Public Notice 2", Indian artist, Jitish Kallat renders Gandhi's historic speech in its entirety, letter by letter. Each letter appears to be made from bone, as though Kallat has exhumed these words from their historical resting place. As Kallat says: "In today's terror infected world, where wars against terror are fought at prime television time, voices such as Gandhi's stare back at us like discarded relics".