Drawing on personal heritage and fictional future projections, Sophia Al-Maria’s protagonists reflect on the narratives and languages they have inherited as children of various colonial legacies.
Shilpa Gupta (b.1976) lives and works in Mumbai, India where she has studied sculpture at the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1997.
She had solo shows at Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Arnofini in Bristol, OK Centrum in Linz, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Lalit Kala Akademie with Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delh, and Gallerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, Galleria Continua, San gimignano and Gallery Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai. In 2015, she presented a solo project at My East is Your West, a two person joint India Pakistan exhibition by the Gujral Foundation in Venice.
Gupta has participated in the 8th Berlin Biennale, Sharjah Biennale ‘13, Younger Than Jesus Triennale at New Museum, New York; Lyon Biennale ‘09 curated by Hou Hanru; Gwangju Biennale ‘08 directed by Okwui Enwezor and curated by Ranjit Hoskote; Yokohama Triennale ‘08 curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist; Liverpool Biennale ‘06 curated by Gerardo Mosquera and biennales at Auckland, Seoul, Havana, Sydney, Echigo-Tsumari and Shanghai.
Gupta’s work has been shown in leading international institutions and museums such as the Tate Modern, Serpentine Gallery, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Mori Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Louisiana Museum and Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon amongst others.
In 2012 she designed the book dates.sites: Project Cinema City Bombay/Mumbai, edited by Madhusree Dutta. She has co-facilitated Crossovers & Rewrites: Borders over Asia Museum of Contemporary Art, World Social Forum, Porto Alegre in 2005 and Aar Paar, a public art exchange project between India and Pakistan alongwith Huma Mulji from 2002 – 2006.
Her solo show Drawing in the Dark traveled to three European institutions in 2017, starting from Kiosk in Ghent. In the same year she showed a site specific project in a church in Kassel and participated at the NGV Triennale, Melbourne and the Gotemberg biennale which was titled after her lightwork WheredoIendandyoubegin.
In 2018, she will show We Change Each Other, an outdoor light installation in her neighborhood on Carter Road and will have solo shows at YARAT in Baku and at Parasol Unit in London.