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b. 1976, India

Shilpa Gupta Biography

Shilpa Gupta was born in Mumbai and received a BFA in sculpture from the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts, Mumbai, in 1997. Gupta is interested in perception, and in the ways in which we transmit and understand information. Using mediums that range from manipulated found objects to video, interactive computer-based installation, and performance, her work often engages with television and its constant flow of meaning. Shifting the primary status of art from object-based commodity to participatory experience, Gupta creates situations that actively involve the viewer.

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Gupta is drawn to how objects, places, people, and experiences are defined, and asks how these definitions are played out through the processes of classification, restriction, censorship, and security. Her work communicates—across cultures—the impact of dominant forces acting on local and national communities, prompting a reevaluation of social identity and status. There is no explosive here (2007), a communal experiment in fear, encourages the viewer to exit the gallery carrying a bag imprinted with the statement “there is no explosive here.” The dynamic between object, carrier, and public challenges stereotypical anxieties about safety in a public context. Also driven by audience participation is Threat (2009), a wall made of bars of soap that mimic the appearance of bricks and are imprinted with the single word of the title. Each viewer is invited to take a bar home so that the wall slowly disappears and, as each bar is used, the embossed “threat” is neutralized and eventually erased. In Speaking Wall (2010), the gallery visitor wears headphones while standing on a narrow row of bricks that abuts one wall. A recorded voice directs the actions of the viewer/listener, whose role shifts to that of participant, while discussing the redrawing of borders and the arbitrary nature of identity. Again, Gupta questions the concretization of imagined demarcations and divisions.

Shilpa Gupta Featured Artworks

"...and she said his cook had a runny nose" by Shilpa Gupta contemporary artwork
Shilpa Gupta"...and she said his cook had a runny nose", 2013Brass
22 x 31 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery

Shilpa Gupta Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Who Writes? at Galería OMR, Mexico City
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6 September–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Who Writes? Galería OMRMexico City
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Collector's Focus: Tarana Sawhney Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner, New York
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30 January–18 February 2019 Group Exhibition Collector's Focus: Tarana Sawhney Online Viewing Room David ZwirnerOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Touched by Bhupen at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
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29 November 2013–28 February 2014 Group Show Touched by Bhupen Galerie Mirchandani + SteinrueckeMumbai

Shilpa Gupta In Ocula Magazine

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TarraWarra International 2019: Tracing Tangible Shadows Ocula Report TarraWarra International 2019: Tracing Tangible Shadows By Natalie King, Melbourne

Everyone I encounter along my journey asks: 'Where are you based?' 'On my feet,' I answer. 'Where are your feet based then?' 'Feet are never based,' I say. This haunting voiceover from Hiwa K 's video, Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue) (2017), follows the artist retracing a journey that he made when he was 25 years old, fleeing Iraq...

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Melissa Chiu Ocula Conversation Melissa Chiu By Jessica Riddiford, Hong Kong

Asia Society recently played host to some of the most significant institutional figures in the art world, including Glenn D. Lowry (Director of The MoMA New York), Caroline Collier (Director, Tate Modern), Yuko Hasegawa (Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo) and Lars Nittve (Executive Director, M+, Hong Kong).  These figures...

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S. Alice Mong Ocula Conversation S. Alice Mong

S. Alice Mong became the Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center in 2012. Prior to joining the Asia Society, Ms Mong worked for almost a decade in New York, where as Director of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) she was responsible for transforming MOCA from a New York Chinatown institution to a leading national museum. Ms Mong...

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Shilpa Gupta In Related Press

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Art in the dark: Dark Mofo Related Press Art in the dark: Dark Mofo 17 June 2019, Art Guide Australia

Now in its seventh year, Dark Mofo transforms Hobart into a red-hued spectacle of art, food and music. In addition to new Mona exhibitions Mine by Simon Denny, Siloam, Gorillas in Our Midst, and Kirsha Kaechele's Eat the Problem, Dark Mofo's 2019 program pushes a hefty dose of visual art into the nooks and vacant spaces of Hobart's CBD.

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Edinburgh Art Festival: from laments for Syria to close-up magic Related Press Edinburgh Art Festival: from laments for Syria to close-up magic 6 August 2018, iNews

August: the month Edinburgh is aflame with comedians and spoken word performers vying to out-taboo one another. Amid such faux courage comes a reminder of the real danger of speaking freely: in the cause of love and beauty as well as politics.

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'Drawing in the Dark': Indian artist Shilpa Gupta at Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany Related Press 'Drawing in the Dark': Indian artist Shilpa Gupta at Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany 4 June 2017, Art Radar Journal

On 17 August 1947, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, as chairman of the Boundary Commissions formed following India's independence from British rule, made official the demarcation lines that would separate India from Pakistan. The Radcliffe Line, as it was known, developed out of a need to equitably distribute tracts of land according to religious difference...

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'Enactments and each passing day': South Asian moving image art at Kiran Nader Museum of Art Related Press 'Enactments and each passing day': South Asian moving image art at Kiran Nader Museum of Art 17 November 2016, Art Radar Journal

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) has come up with their first exhibition Enactments and each passing day: An exhibition of moving images solely dedicated to the challenging and powerful medium of video art. A compilation of works by 15 contemporary artists ranging from young and dynamic practitioners like Shilpa Gupta, Rohini Devasher and...

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