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Shilpa Gupta
b. 1976
Black mechanical flapboard hanging from the ceilin...

Shilpa GUPTA
Words Come From Ears
2018
Motion flapboard
17x96x5 in; 43x244x13 cm

15 mins loop

Framed black and white photo of a person, with the...

Shilpa GUPTA
I want to live with no fear
2018
Interactive performance, photographs on paper
22×16.5 in; 56×42 cm

Three white busts of women, on wooden stands, cove...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled
2017-2018
Polymer resin, wood
53x33x36 in; 134.5x84x92 cm

Close up photo of sculpture of a woman covering he...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (detail)
2017-2018
Polymer resin, wood
53x33x36 in; 134.5x84x92 cm

Glass vitrine with wooden shelfs displays beige bo...

Shilpa GUPTA
For, in your tongue, I cannot fit
2017-2018
Gun metal, books, copper, wood, bulbs, Dimmer
70×14.5×80 in; 178x37x203 cm

Photo of room filled with a grid of pieces of pape...

Shilpa GUPTA
For, in your tongue, I cannot fit
2017-2018
Sound Installation with 100 speakers, microphones, printed text and metal stands
Site specific

 

Side by side photos of a ball of wound fabric sitt...

Shilpa GUPTA
1:2138
2017
Wood, glass, brass, smuggled Dhakai Jamdani sari cloth
22x20x62 in; 56x51x158 cm

 

Three photographs of a blue sky with white clouds....

Shilpa GUPTA
Unnoticed
2017
Photograph taken on the border, motor parts from informal trade
68x48x3 in; 172x122x8 cm

Three framed drawings on white paper. Pale brown d...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled
2017
Paper, pigment from marijuana growing in vicinity of checkpoint
16.5×11.5 in; 42×29 cm

White cursive lights on a black metal rack with a...

Shilpa GUPTA
We change each other
2017
Animated outdoor light installation
Site Specific

Installation photo of color and black and white ph...

Shilpa GUPTA
Altered Inheritances—100 (Last Name) Stories
2012-2014
Photographs in split wood frames
Sizes variable

 

Color and black and white photos in white wood fra...

Shilpa GUPTA

Altered Inheritances—100 (Last Name) Stories

2012-2014

Photographs in split wood frames

Sizes variable

Color and black and white photos in white wood fra...

Shilpa GUPTA

Altered Inheritances—100 (Last Name) Stories

2012-2014

Photographs in split wood frames

Sizes variable

Close up image of a color photo of inside produce...

Shilpa GUPTA

Altered Inheritances—100 (Last Name) Stories (detail)

2012-2014

Photographs in split wood frames

Sizes variable

White neon letters on a black metal rails in front...

Shilpa GUPTA
I live under your sky too
2004
Animated light installation
384 x 192 in

 

Thin wire outline of India on a tall wooden pedest...

Shilpa GUPTA
Map Tracing#1-IN
2012
Copper pipe, wood
24x16x70 in; 97×40.5×178 cm

Two photos side by side. Left: closed red velvet c...

Shilpa GUPTA
I will die
2012
Print on mirror, embroidered curtain on metal rod
57.87×40.94×4.92 in; 147x104x12.5 cm

Neon letters on top of an abandoned building read...

Shilpa GUPTA
Today will end
2012
Site specific neon
236×37.5 in; 600×95 cm

LED lettering on top of a train station "where do...

Shilpa GUPTA
WheredoIendandyoubegin
2012
LED-based light installation
346.5×27 in; 880×68 cm

Books with engraved metal covers on five metal flo...

Shilpa GUPTA
Someone Else—A library of 100 books written anonymously or under pseudonyms
2011
Installation with etched books and shelves
192x8.5x72 in; 488x22x190 cm

Engraved silver book covers on a metal shelf: Exit...

Shilpa GUPTA
Someone Else—A library of 100 books written anonymously or under pseudonyms (detail)
2011
Installation with etched books and shelves
192x8.5x72 in; 488x22x190 cm

Installation photo. Man in a gallery stands on a r...

Shilpa GUPTA
Speaking Wall
2009-2010
Interactive sensor-based sound installation, LCD screen, bricks, headphone
118x118x118 in; 300x300x300 cm
8min interaction loop

 

Photo of a queue of people crossing a crosswalk to...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Don’t See, Don’t Hear, Don’t Speak)
2009
Performance

Photo of an ornate metal gate attached to a wall i...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled
2009
Mild steel gate which swings side to side and breaks the walls
114×91 in; 290×231 cm

 

A person in a red sweater sits on a bench in a all...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled
2008-2009
Motion flapboard
70.9×8.3×10 in; 180×21.8×25 cm

20 min loop

A lumpy mass of microphones hung from a gallery ce...

Shilpa GUPTA
Singing Cloud
2008-2009
Object built with thousands of microphones with 48 multi-channel audio
9min 30sec audio loop
180x24x60 in; 457x61x152 cm

Two photos. Left: close-up of metal sculpture shap...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Heat Book)
2008-2009
Mild steel, 2000 watt heating elements, pedestal
52×17.5×13 in; 132x44x33 cm

 

Four framed drawings on white paper. wiggly blue o...

Shilpa GUPTA
100 Hand drawn maps of my country
2008-ongoing
Carbon tracings on paper
30×22 in; 76.2×56 cm

 

Four large photos installed on a gallery wall: fou...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Don’t See, Don’t Hear, Don’t Speak)
2006-2008
Photograph on canvas
40×53 in; 101.6×134.6 cm

 

 

Photo of a person from the waist up wearing short-...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Don’t See, Don’t Hear, Don’t Speak)
2006-2008
Photograph on Flex
300×120 in; 762×305 cm

 

People in a gallery looking at almost life size ph...

Shilpa GUPTA
I have many dreams
2007-2008
Four photographs, photograph on canvas, sound
66×54 in; 168×137 cm

Photo: person wearing black and holding a tote bag...

Shilpa GUPTA
There is No Explosive in This (Street series)
2007
Interactive Installation, photograph on paper
Installation: Dimensions variable
Photographs: 42×28 in; 106.7×71 cm

 

Photo: two people stand in a gallery facing a whit...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Shadow 3)
2007
Interactive video projection incorporating the viewers simulated shadow
Approx 6 mins looped
236-315 in wide; 600-800 cm wide

Installtion photo of a dark gallery bathed in blue...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Wives of the Disappeared)
2006
Architectural Multi Channel Video Projections, pencil floor drawing, fabric
Site Specific

Photo: a person stands in front of a wall projecti...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Shadow 2)
2006
Interactive video projection incorporating the viewers simulated shadow
236-315 in wide; 600-800 cm wide

Approx 5 min loop

Photo of gold words on a white wall in the shape o...

Shilpa GUPTA
There Is No Border Here
2005-2006
Wall drawing with self-adhesive tapes

Photo: projection of a pixelated people on a brigh...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled
2004-2005
Interactive video projection and sound
236.2×315 in; 600×800 cm wide

Approx 7 mins loop

 

Small plastic bottle with a red label filled with...

Shilpa GUPTA
Blame
2002-2004
Installation with Blame bottles which contains simulated blood; posters; stickers; video; Interactive performance
Dimensions variable

 

Installation photo: two women stand in a small roo...

Shilpa GUPTA


Blame


2002-2004


Installation with Blame bottles which contains simulated blood; posters; stickers; video; interactive performance


Dimensions variable

Black mechanical flapboard hanging from the ceilin...

Shilpa GUPTA
Words Come From Ears
2018
Motion flapboard
17x96x5 in; 43x244x13 cm

15 mins loop

Framed black and white photo of a person, with the...

Shilpa GUPTA
I want to live with no fear
2018
Interactive performance, photographs on paper
22×16.5 in; 56×42 cm

Three white busts of women, on wooden stands, cove...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled
2017-2018
Polymer resin, wood
53x33x36 in; 134.5x84x92 cm

Close up photo of sculpture of a woman covering he...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (detail)
2017-2018
Polymer resin, wood
53x33x36 in; 134.5x84x92 cm

Glass vitrine with wooden shelfs displays beige bo...

Shilpa GUPTA
For, in your tongue, I cannot fit
2017-2018
Gun metal, books, copper, wood, bulbs, Dimmer
70×14.5×80 in; 178x37x203 cm

Photo of room filled with a grid of pieces of pape...

Shilpa GUPTA
For, in your tongue, I cannot fit
2017-2018
Sound Installation with 100 speakers, microphones, printed text and metal stands
Site specific

 

Side by side photos of a ball of wound fabric sitt...

Shilpa GUPTA
1:2138
2017
Wood, glass, brass, smuggled Dhakai Jamdani sari cloth
22x20x62 in; 56x51x158 cm

 

Three photographs of a blue sky with white clouds....

Shilpa GUPTA
Unnoticed
2017
Photograph taken on the border, motor parts from informal trade
68x48x3 in; 172x122x8 cm

Three framed drawings on white paper. Pale brown d...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled
2017
Paper, pigment from marijuana growing in vicinity of checkpoint
16.5×11.5 in; 42×29 cm

White cursive lights on a black metal rack with a...

Shilpa GUPTA
We change each other
2017
Animated outdoor light installation
Site Specific

Installation photo of color and black and white ph...

Shilpa GUPTA
Altered Inheritances—100 (Last Name) Stories
2012-2014
Photographs in split wood frames
Sizes variable

 

Color and black and white photos in white wood fra...

Shilpa GUPTA

Altered Inheritances—100 (Last Name) Stories

2012-2014

Photographs in split wood frames

Sizes variable

Color and black and white photos in white wood fra...

Shilpa GUPTA

Altered Inheritances—100 (Last Name) Stories

2012-2014

Photographs in split wood frames

Sizes variable

Close up image of a color photo of inside produce...

Shilpa GUPTA

Altered Inheritances—100 (Last Name) Stories (detail)

2012-2014

Photographs in split wood frames

Sizes variable

White neon letters on a black metal rails in front...

Shilpa GUPTA
I live under your sky too
2004
Animated light installation
384 x 192 in

 

Thin wire outline of India on a tall wooden pedest...

Shilpa GUPTA
Map Tracing#1-IN
2012
Copper pipe, wood
24x16x70 in; 97×40.5×178 cm

Two photos side by side. Left: closed red velvet c...

Shilpa GUPTA
I will die
2012
Print on mirror, embroidered curtain on metal rod
57.87×40.94×4.92 in; 147x104x12.5 cm

Neon letters on top of an abandoned building read...

Shilpa GUPTA
Today will end
2012
Site specific neon
236×37.5 in; 600×95 cm

LED lettering on top of a train station "where do...

Shilpa GUPTA
WheredoIendandyoubegin
2012
LED-based light installation
346.5×27 in; 880×68 cm

Books with engraved metal covers on five metal flo...

Shilpa GUPTA
Someone Else—A library of 100 books written anonymously or under pseudonyms
2011
Installation with etched books and shelves
192x8.5x72 in; 488x22x190 cm

Engraved silver book covers on a metal shelf: Exit...

Shilpa GUPTA
Someone Else—A library of 100 books written anonymously or under pseudonyms (detail)
2011
Installation with etched books and shelves
192x8.5x72 in; 488x22x190 cm

Installation photo. Man in a gallery stands on a r...

Shilpa GUPTA
Speaking Wall
2009-2010
Interactive sensor-based sound installation, LCD screen, bricks, headphone
118x118x118 in; 300x300x300 cm
8min interaction loop

 

Photo of a queue of people crossing a crosswalk to...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Don’t See, Don’t Hear, Don’t Speak)
2009
Performance

Photo of an ornate metal gate attached to a wall i...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled
2009
Mild steel gate which swings side to side and breaks the walls
114×91 in; 290×231 cm

 

A person in a red sweater sits on a bench in a all...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled
2008-2009
Motion flapboard
70.9×8.3×10 in; 180×21.8×25 cm

20 min loop

A lumpy mass of microphones hung from a gallery ce...

Shilpa GUPTA
Singing Cloud
2008-2009
Object built with thousands of microphones with 48 multi-channel audio
9min 30sec audio loop
180x24x60 in; 457x61x152 cm

Two photos. Left: close-up of metal sculpture shap...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Heat Book)
2008-2009
Mild steel, 2000 watt heating elements, pedestal
52×17.5×13 in; 132x44x33 cm

 

Four framed drawings on white paper. wiggly blue o...

Shilpa GUPTA
100 Hand drawn maps of my country
2008-ongoing
Carbon tracings on paper
30×22 in; 76.2×56 cm

 

Four large photos installed on a gallery wall: fou...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Don’t See, Don’t Hear, Don’t Speak)
2006-2008
Photograph on canvas
40×53 in; 101.6×134.6 cm

 

 

Photo of a person from the waist up wearing short-...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Don’t See, Don’t Hear, Don’t Speak)
2006-2008
Photograph on Flex
300×120 in; 762×305 cm

 

People in a gallery looking at almost life size ph...

Shilpa GUPTA
I have many dreams
2007-2008
Four photographs, photograph on canvas, sound
66×54 in; 168×137 cm

Photo: person wearing black and holding a tote bag...

Shilpa GUPTA
There is No Explosive in This (Street series)
2007
Interactive Installation, photograph on paper
Installation: Dimensions variable
Photographs: 42×28 in; 106.7×71 cm

 

Photo: two people stand in a gallery facing a whit...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Shadow 3)
2007
Interactive video projection incorporating the viewers simulated shadow
Approx 6 mins looped
236-315 in wide; 600-800 cm wide

Installtion photo of a dark gallery bathed in blue...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Wives of the Disappeared)
2006
Architectural Multi Channel Video Projections, pencil floor drawing, fabric
Site Specific

Photo: a person stands in front of a wall projecti...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled (Shadow 2)
2006
Interactive video projection incorporating the viewers simulated shadow
236-315 in wide; 600-800 cm wide

Approx 5 min loop

Photo of gold words on a white wall in the shape o...

Shilpa GUPTA
There Is No Border Here
2005-2006
Wall drawing with self-adhesive tapes

Photo: projection of a pixelated people on a brigh...

Shilpa GUPTA
Untitled
2004-2005
Interactive video projection and sound
236.2×315 in; 600×800 cm wide

Approx 7 mins loop

 

Small plastic bottle with a red label filled with...

Shilpa GUPTA
Blame
2002-2004
Installation with Blame bottles which contains simulated blood; posters; stickers; video; Interactive performance
Dimensions variable

 

Installation photo: two women stand in a small roo...

Shilpa GUPTA


Blame


2002-2004


Installation with Blame bottles which contains simulated blood; posters; stickers; video; interactive performance


Dimensions variable

Biography

Over the last two and a half decades, Shilpa Gupta has developed a powerful interdisciplinary approach to challenging prevailing notions of individual and collective cultural identity.  Gupta examines the role of perception and subjectivity in the status of objects, places, people and experiences, and the way value is defined and impacted by nationalism, trade, religion and notions of security.

 

Incorporating sculpture, text, sound, light and ephemera, Gupta explores the psychology of different media forms by reversing their traditional roles and encouraging viewer participation to create meaning. Subverting the way audio and visual technologies typically present information — such as flapboards displaying fragmented words and phrases rather than train departure times, playfully projecting the shadows of unseen objects interacting with the shadow of the viewer, or microphones embedded with hidden speakers amplifying the voices of poets incarcerated for their beliefs, political speeches, or a plurality of thoughts and opinions, prompts the viewer to listen in. The artist highlights the subjective nature of reality reinforced through media and objects, and challenges the authority and autonomy of their means of dissemination.

 

Gupta’s works often require the viewer to spend time, watching or listening for meaning to unfold, or reevaluate their initial impression shift upon closer inspection. Audience participation plays a crucial role in the formation and evolution of Gupta’s work, as viewers are often invited to take an object with them, activating a change in context both individually and publicly.


Long interested in the divisive systems prioritized by  nationalism, religious fundamentalism, social identity and the effects on individuals and the collective within South Asia and globally, Gupta’s work communicates across cultures. Often involving many languages, perspectives and subjectivities, Gupta necessarily leaves room for the perception of the work to change, depending on where or when it is encountered, and encourages viewers to project and reflect on their own associations.

 

Born in 1976 in Mumbai, Shilpa Gupta currently lives and works in Mumbai, India. The artist graduated with a BFA in sculpture from Sir J. J. School of Fine Art at the University of Mumbai in 1997.


Currently, a new work from Gupta’s ongoing flapboard series entitled Wearecloserthanyoueverimagined has just been installed at the Chemnitz Hauptbahnhof, Germany through October, 2020. She is also featured in an exhibition at Copenhagen Contemporary, on view through December, 2020.


Upcoming, Gupta will have a solo exhibition at M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp and will be featured in exhibitions at several prominent American institutions in addition to a large-scale outdoor commission, also in the U.S., to be announced soon.

Shilpa Gupta has been the subject of solo presentations at international institutions including at Contemporary Art Center, Baku, Azerbaijan (2018); Kiosk, Ghent, Belgium, which travelled to Bielefelder Kunstverein and La synagogue de Delme Contemporary Art Center (2017); a two-person joint India-Pakistan exhibition, commissioned by the Gujral Foundation at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Kunsternes Hus, Oslo (2014); MAAP Space, Brisbane (2013); Műcsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest (2013); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2010); Arnolfini, Bristol (2012); Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands (2012) and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (2009). A 10-year survey of her work, was presented at the OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria (2010).



In 2019, Gupta was part of a two-person exhibition curated by Nada Raza at the Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai. Gupta’s work has also been included in prominent group exhibitions at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2017); Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi (2017); Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida (2016); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2009); Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); Asia Society and Queens Museum, New York (2005); Tate Modern, London (2001); National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai (2000).



Last year, Gupta was included in the 58th Venice Biennale curated by Ralph Rugoff (2019). She also participated in Kochi Muziris Biennale (2018), NGV Triennale (2017), Gothenburg Biennial curated by Nav Haq, which was titled after her light work WheredoIendandyoubegin (2017), Berlin Biennale (2014), New Museum Triennale (2009), Sharjah Biennial curated by Yuko Hasegawa (2013), Lyon Biennale curated by Hou Hanru (2009), Gwangju Biennale directed by Okwui Enwezor and curated by Ranjit Hoskote (2008), Yokohama Triennale curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist (2008) and Liverpool Biennial curated by Gerardo Mosquera (2006). Her work has also been shown in biennales in Auckland, Brisbane, Seoul, Havana, Sydney, Yogyakarta, Echigo-Tsumari, Shanghai, Houston and others.



In 2019, Gupta was the recipient of the GQ Cultural Provocateur Award; in 2018, she was named India Today’s New Media Artist of the Year; in 2013, she was one of the YFLO Titan Young Women Achievers Awards recipients; in 2011, she received the Bienal Award at the Bienal De Cuenca, Ecuador; in 2004 she was the recipient of the Transmediale Award, Berlin, and the Sanskriti Prathisthan Award, New Delhi. She was also named International Artist of the Year by the South Asian Visual Artists Collective, Canada.



Gupta's work is represented in the permanent collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Louisiana Museum, Denmark; Bristol Art Museum, Rhode Island; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris; Asia Society, New York; Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane; FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; and Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, among others.

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