Shilpa Gupta


(b.1976, lives and works in Mumbai, India)

She has studied sculpture at the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1997. She has had solo shows at the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, Arnolfini Bristol, OK in Linz, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Voorlinden Museum and Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi. She presented a solo project at ‘My East is Your West’, a joint India-Pakistan exhibition by the Gujral Foundation in Venice in 2015. Her work has been shown in international institutions such as the Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery in London, New Museum in New York; Berlin Biennale 2014, Sharjah Biennial 2013, Gwangju Biennale 2015, 2008, Liverpool Biennial 2006, Havana 2006, 2015, Sydney 2006 and currently showing at Kochi Biennale 2018.

Her work is in the collection of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, Mori Museum, Louisiana Museum, Bristol Art Museum, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Asia Society, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain – France, KOC Collection, Kiran Nadar Museum and Devi Art Foundation among others.

Shilpa Gupta’s work engages with the defining power of social and psychological borders on public life. Her work makes visible the aporias and incommensurabilities in the emerging national public sphere in India. She reveals the power of state apparatuses, and the lure of social homogeneity and ideas of public consensus enabled by emerging mediascapes. She often works in public spaces and installed We Change Each Other 2017, an outdoor light work in her neighbourhood on Carter Road, Mumbai. Gupta has been invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia curated by Ralph Rugoff in 2019.