Tate Britain has rehung their contemporary section, Sixty Years of their “Walk through British Art,” and two works by Sunil Gupta are now on view. Untitled from the series, Reflections of the Black Experience, 1986 and Ian and Julian, from the series Ten Years On, 1986.
In another of the Tate’s wonderful series of artist videos, Sunil Gupta talks about his path into photography, and how the dark room process helps with this HIV positive status.
04 August 2017
TateShots | Sunil Gupta: “Being in the Dark Room is Healing”
On view through February 2018
Sixty Years LINK
Tate Britain, London
A few works by Sunil Gupta from his series, Exiles, will be on view in the exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender, and Identity at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
“It had always seemed to me that art history seemed to stop at Greece and never properly dealt with gay issues from another place. Therefore, it became imperative to create some images of gay Indian men; they didn’t seem to exist.” – Sunil Gupta
28 July – 5 November 2017
Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity
Walker Art Gallery
Sunil Gupta will be leading a walk and discussion of works on display in the exhibition Sixty Years at the Tate Britain that crucially addressed race, gender, homosexuality and AIDS in the 1980s.
24 June 2017 at 16.00–16.45
Tour: Sunil Gupta: Ten Years On and Other Stories
The esteemed photography festival, FOTOFEST, has announced that the lead curator for its 2018 Biennial will be SepiaEYE artist Sunil Gupta. Gupta is an excellent choice given the Biennial’s theme: INDIAContemporary Photography and New Media Art.
As a large, multilingual subcontinent, India has always relied on images to maintain a cohesive whole across myriad subcultures, regions, castes and languages. The introduction of photomechanical imaging in the nineteenth century enabled the rapid reproduction and dissemination of both spiritual and scientific ideals. Photography for most of its history was too expensive and technical and was left in the hands of ‘experts’ — until the birth of digital technologies and the arrival of the mobile phone, which has given more than 800 million people in India the power to make their own photographs and moving images. This exhibition will address the legacy of the last twenty years, a period when photography and moving image media have been consistently included within critical exhibitions of fine art. –Sunil Gupta
We can’t wait to see what he and co-curator Steven Evans select.
Sunil Gupta was interviewed for Dreck Magazine (published January 1, 2017). He talks about his beginnings in photography as well as the current LGBTQ situation in India. The article features a selection of images from his entire and prolific career.
Pamela Singh, Treasure Map 006, 1994–95 and an installation view of elementary school portraits inspired by this work.
Featuring works by sepiaEYE artists, Sunil Gupta and Pamela Singh among others, Picture This: Contemporary Photography and India at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has received a lot of press. Click HERE for the full list of articles. The exhibition is on view through the beginning of April.
December 6, 2015 – April 3, 2016
Picture This: Contemporary Photography and India
Sunil Gupta’s body of work, “Pretended” Family Relationships is included in Capricious Magazine Issue No. 16: “EX.” Initiated in 2004 as a photography journal, each edition of the publication focuses on a theme. “EX” refers to the broad concept of exes: former or disguised selves, peoples, and places. Copies of “EX” are available at the gallery for $35 USD. Please contact the gallery for ordering information.
Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh are exhibiting together at London’s 8th GFEST Gaywise Festival from November 9th-14th. The exhibition, ASIAN FUTURE, hosted at Menier Gallery, explores gender, sexuality, and religion from the lens of Asian photographers. More info here.
9 – 14 November 2015
Works from Sunil Gupta’s series, Christopher Street, Exiles, and Mr. Malholtra’s Party will be featured in this year’s Fotofest International, “I AM A CAMERA: LGBTQ Communities Seen From Within.”
July 9 – August 29, 2015
I AM A CAMERA: LGBTQ Communities Seen From Within
Presented in collaboration with sepiaEYE, the exhibition Queer Migrations: Family, Identity and Place, features two bodies of photographs by Sunil Gupta: “Homelands” (2001-2003) and “Mr. Malhotra’s Party” (2007-).
The exhibition is presented in tandem with a seminar series which uses Yale’s collection of South Asian photography as its starting point. The first session on Contemporary Photographic Practices in South Asia has the artist Sunil Gupta and sepiaEYE’s Esa Epstein as panelists.
Sunil Gupta: Queer Migrations: Family, Identity and Place
5 February – 20 May 2015
Opening & Reception with the Artist: Thursday 5 February, 5-6:30pm
Whitney Humanities Center at Yale
New Haven, CT
Spring 2015 Seminar Series Press Release (PDF)
Across the Disciplines: The Uses of Visual Evidence
In 2006, London’s famous Whitechapel Gallery and the MIT Press formed an editorial alliance to produce a new series of books titled “Documents of Contemporary Art.” Radhika Singh’s interview with Sunil Gupta (Exposure magazine, 2008) is featured in the Sexuality issue.
Sexuality: Documents of Contemporary Art (Whitechapel Gallery and MIT press)
Book Launch: 8 January 2015
Creative Studio, Whitechapel Gallery
Published by Taschen, Forever Butt–- a 534 page compendium of the “best and the baddest” from Butt magazine— will feature Sunil Gupta’s Christopher Street series from 1976.
Edited by Jop van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers
“Metro: The Building of Delhi,” featuring the work of artists Verena Jaekel and Sandip Kuriakose is an exhibition curated by sepiaEYE artist, Sunil Gupta. “Metro” is a part of the 6th European Month of Photography, Berlin.
20 October – 19 December 2014
Metro: The Building of Delhi
Das Foto Image Factory GmbH
Sunil Gupta’s “Sun City” series will be featured in the exhibition, The Classical Nude and the Making of Queer History. Curated by Jonathan David Katz, the exhibition delves into representation of same-sex relationships from Antiquity, the Renaissance, the 18th and 19th centuries, to contemporary periods.
18 October 2014 – 4 January 2015
The Classical Nude and the Making of Queer History
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street, New York
Sunil Gupta was featured with an interview and portfolio in the Summer 2014 issue of Source Magazine.
‘A good way to learn who the photographer is, is to hear directly from them about their lives and work. Anthony Luvera has interviewed Sunil Gupta in the latest issue of Source about growing up in India, how his interest in photography and politics first meshed together, his formal photography education, autobiographical self-portraiture and being gay in queer circles. ‘
by Anthony Luvera
You can read the interview with a free trial subscription here.
Sunil Gupta’s New Pre-Raphaelites series will be on view concurrently with an exhibition of portraits by Christian Thompson during Magdalen Arts Week 2014.
19-24 May 2014
Magdalen College OKB
Keywords is an exhibition based on a book of the same name by Raymond Williams.
In addition to Sunil Gupta’s tape-slide project London Gay Switchboard from 1980, the exhibition presents over sixty artworks mostly from artists making art in Britain during a period defined by moments of oppositional politics, the 1970’s and the 1980’s.
First presented at Iniva, the expanded exhibit moves to the Tate Liverpool.
28 February – 11 May 2014
Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain
In the second part of this sequential, two-part exhibition, LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX 2 presents works from 1995 to the present. As the nature of the AIDS epidemic has changed, so has the artwork which addresses the disease. Sunil Gupta’s work from the Sun City is included alongside works by Ei Arakawa, Ryan Brewer, AA Bronson, Elmgreen & Dragset, General Idea, Ono Ludwig, Piotr Nathan, Irina Popova, Hunter Reynolds, Wolfgang Tillmans, and others. These contemporary works tend to be more reserved, biographical— and international— than the works spanning the first era of the crisis, 1987 to 1995.
18 January – 9 March 2014
neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Daughter/ Step Daughter, from An India from India series,
Portfolio 1, 2001
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and Sunil Gupta in Convergence: Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora
Convergence brings together fifteen contemporary artists who, through diverse creative approaches, explore issues of identity and the continued power of place in our global world.
The exhibition, curated by Kathryn Myers, will feature Matthew’s photographs from
An Indian from India and Bollywood Satirized and Sunil Gupta’s work from Trespass 2.
22 October 2013 – 15 December 2013
Convergence: Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora
On February 7th, “Queer Perspectives” resident artist Sadie Lee and special guest Sunil Gupta will be walking through and discussing the collection as viewed through their lenses as influential queer artists.
February 7th, 2013
National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned by the Centre Pompidou, Sunil Gupta’s Sun City series, loosely based on the 1962 film, “La Jetée” by Chris Marker, travels to the Alliance Française de Delhi. The exhibition will be on view for a few weeks from the end of March.
Reception: March 23 from 7:30 pm.
March 24 – April 15, 2012
Sun City and Other Stories
Alliance Française de Delhi
Sunil Gupta’s commissioned project, Sun City premieres at the Centre Pompidou exhibition. Sun City is a fictional narrative loosely based on the 1962 film, “La Jetée” by Chris Marker. We can view it as several “stills” from a film that are “missing.” The original elliptical form has been retained so the ‘hero’ sees his own death in the ‘beginning’ and we return to that scene as reality in the ‘end.’Centre Pompidou (French)
We are happy to announce the inclusion of works by sepia EYE artists Sunil Gupta, Vivan Sundaram and Atul Bhalla in a major exhibition that explores Indian society through the eyes of leading Indian and French artists opening at the Centre Pompidou on May 25 – September 19, 2011.Press Release
Love’s Body – Rethinking Naked and Nude in Photography was held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography from November 1998 to January 1999. The exhibition demonstrated that in addition to acting as symbols of Eros or sex, nude photography can be used as a tool to reassess the visual dynamics of relationship or subjectivity to present new possibilities and meanings of the body. As a sequel to the 1st exhibition, Love’s Body 2, sexuality in the age of AIDS, will aim to present more clearly the problems created by contemporary representations of the body. This exhibition will present works that are powerful enough to have influenced aspects of art and photography while reappraising and redefining their meaning.
October 2 – December 5, 2010
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
Artist Sunil Gupta and curator of Where Three Dreams Cross, will be presenting at the 2-day symposium being held at the opening of the exhibition at its new venue, the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. Other lectures include Dayanita Singh, Sabeena Gadihoke, and Aveek Sen.
Symposium: June 12-13, Exhibition: June 12–August 22, 2010
We are pleased to announce the inclusion of many sepia EYE artists in a monumental, historical survey exhibition opening at the Whitechapel Gallery. Sunil Gupta, curator of the exhibition has selected works by Raghubir Singh, Ketaki Sheth, Pamela Singh and Vivan Sundaram amongst over 400 photographs from major private and public collections.
January 21 – April 11, 2010Whitechapel Gallery, London