Kallat is known for working with a variety of media, including painting, large-scale sculpture installations, photography, and video art. He employs a bold and vivid visual language that references both Asian and European artistic traditions, along with popular advertising imagery that fuels urban consumerism. Kallat regularly exploits images and materials chanced upon around Mumbai’s sprawling metropolis, affording his works an inherent spontaneity and a handcrafted aesthetic. For instance, in 2014 the artist unveiled a series of large-scale sculptures made out of resin that were inspired by the urban environment of Mumbai. He unites these various media through themes that endure within Kallat’s work, such as the relationship between the individual and the masses. He references his own personal experiences and those of Mumbai’s other inhabitants. His work speaks of both the self and the collective, fluctuating between intimacy and monumentality, and characterized by contrasting themes of pain, hope and survival.
In 2010 the artist installed his large-scale LED installation, entitled Public Notice 3, at the Art Institute of Chicago. This installation was Kallat’s first major exhibition at a US institution. The artwork links two disparate yet connected historical events, the First World Parliaments of Religions, held in September 1893, and the much later terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, in September 2001. The piece is now considered one of Kallat’s most recognizable artworks. In 2007 Kallat is featured in the book, Made by Indians, a book on the Indian contemporary art scene2014 published by the Enrico Navarra Galleries in Paris, and curated by Fabrice Bousteau with photographs by Amanda Eliasch.
In 2013 it was announced that Kallat would be the curator for the 2nd edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, to take place in December 2014.