press release

Shilpa Gupta: Today will end

21 May - 12 September 2021

In the spring of 2021, the M HKA presents the first overview exhibition of artist Shilpa Gupta. As one of the established artists of the Mumbai contemporary art scene to have emerged since the 1990s, the exhibition offers a picture of her artistic practice of the past twenty years. It will consider the development of Gupta’s work over this period, forgrounding the speculative nature of her practice, as well as her engagement with politics, language and borders. In 2014, Gupta was also on display in Don’t You Know Who I Am? – Kunst na identiteitspolitiek, a major group exhibition at M HKA reflecting on how contemporary artists transgress traditional modes of ‘identity politics’ today.

Shilpa Gupta creates artworks that examine the place of subjectivity and human perception in relation to themes of desire, conflict, security, technology and censorship. Her work is multi-faceted, often utilising sculpture, text and interactivity, also displaying a mastery of audio and visual technologies. Considering technology as an extension of body and mind, Gupta possesses a sharp political consciousness towards the role, psychology and aesthetics of different media forms, particularly towards their complicity in the effects of fear. Though her works could be interpreted as being based on the social or political situation in particular cultural contexts, Gupta keeps their specificity decidedly open, allowing their themes to be interpreted differently wherever they are shown.

Shilpa Gupta lives and works in Mumbai, India, where she studied sculpture at the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1997. She has had solo shows at venues including: Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Arnolfini in Bristol, OK Centrum in Linz, La synagogue de Delme Contemporary Art Center and Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi, amongst many others. She presented a solo project as part of My East is Your West, a two-person joint India-Pakistan exhibition, organised by the Gujral Foundation in Venice in 2015. Gupta has participated in the Kochi Muziris Biennale (2018), Berlin Biennale (2014), New Museum Triennale (2009), Sharjah Biennial (2013), Lyon Biennale (2009), Gwangju Biennale (2008), Yokohama Triennale (2008) and Liverpool Biennial (2006). She has also exhibited in biennials in Auckland, Brisbane, Seoul, Havana, Sydney and Yogyakarta amongst several others. In 2017, she participated in the Gothenburg Biennial curated by Nav Haq, which was titled after her text work WheredoIendandyoubegin. In 2019, she participated in the 58th Venice Biennale.

The exhibition will be curated by Nav Haq, recently appointed Associate Director at M HKA