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Indian conceptual artist Shilpa Gupta presents four major works at MAAP Space in a solo presentation of video, sculpture and installation work. Launching her career in 1997, with a strong focus on media and interactive art, Gupta’s work has come to be internationally regarded for its commentary on the intertwining of the political and the personal across a vast range of contemporary issues.
Exhibition 26 August -
Shilpa Gupta, Untitled (Thread)
Gupta is interested in human perception and how information, visible or invisible, is transmitted and internalized in everyday life. Constantly drawn to how objects are defined and how places, people, experiences are identified, Gupta explores zones where these definitions are played out, be it borderlines, labels or ideas of censorship and security. Though overtly political, Gupta avoids sensationalism by parsing her subject matter through personal and private experience. Indeed, her work engages the viewer with intimacy, dialogue and emotional intensity; direct but never didactic.
The artist’s recent work encompasses a wide range of materials including photographs, video, interactive media, sculptural objects, websites and audio. Contemporary technologies play an important role in Gupta’s practice, and her work demonstrates a willful command over both media and message. For example, her interactive sound installation ‘Speaking Wall’ (2009-
The two video works in the exhibition, ‘Untitled’ (2012) and ‘One Hundred Hand Drawn Maps of India’ (2007-
Over the past decade Shilpa Gupta has exhibited in numerous internationally significant exhibitions such as in the Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; New Museum, New York; Yvon Lambert, Paris; Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and has produced commissioned work for Tate Online, London. There is no question that Gupta’s practice is international resonant, or that her work has a “singular ability to touch its viewers”.