Artist Shilpa Gupta Fights For Jailed Poets In Edinburgh: Why You Should Know About Her
Edinburgh Art Festival, a leading annual visual arts festival, is showcasing her installations this year. Her work erected by the sea on Carter Road in Bandra, Mumbai, ‘I Live Under Your Sky Too’ in which she used the three dominant languages used by religious communities in her neighborhood to forge dialogues on gender, identity, politics and religion, was widely appreciated. Meet Shilpa Gupta, the contemporary Indian artist from Mumbai, who has studied sculpture from Sir J.J. School of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1997.
#ShilpaGupta is opening an amazing solo exhibition today at #YarartContemporaryArtSpace in Baku, Azerbaijan ! The exhibition will display for the first time a powerful piece where 100 microphones are suspended above 100 metal rods, each piercing a page inscribed with a verse of poetry. _ Entitled ‘In your tongue, I can not fit’ and under the curation of Björn Geldhof, the exhibition takes its departure point from the central piece: a new, large-scale multi-channel sound installation which gives voice to 100 poets who have been jailed over the centuries for their writing or political alignments. Exhibited alongside other new drawings and sculptures, the works highlight the fragility and vulnerability of our right to freedom of expression today. _ #GalleriaContinua #ShilpaGupta #Opening @bgeldhof @yaratcontemporaryartspace
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Shilpa’s work has been shown in leading international Institutions and museums around the world. From Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon to Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, USA or Tate Modern , Serpentine Gallery in London and Centre Pompidou in Paris, she has been everywhere. She has participated in 8th Berlin Biennale, Sharjah Biennale ’13, Younger Than Jesus Triennale in New York and several others at Auckland, Seoul, Havana, Sydney and Shanghai.
A new media artist, Gupta has influenced several artists by engaging art in a participatory and interactive manner. Her work makes visible the logical disjunctions and incompatibilities in the emerging public sphere in India, often including gender and caste barriers, religious differences, deceptive ideas of public consensus enabled by the new age mass media etc.
Artist Shilpa Gupta speaking about the journey to her #EdArtFest 2018 commission ‘For in your tongue I cannot hide’. The first of our series of artist talks – more information on our website https://t.co/eNIAqj75ru pic.twitter.com/yk7Q4oP59X
— EdinburghArtFestival (@EdArtFest) July 27, 2018
The latest work at Edinburgh Art Festival, inspired by the words of detained poets is titled, ‘For, in your tongue I cannot hide: 100 Jailed Poets’. It includes 100 microphones suspended above the same number of metal rods, each of which pierces a page inscribed with a fragment of poetry.
All those selected for inclusion have been detained during a period spanning hundreds of years. In this creation she intends to give voice to poets who have been jailed through the centuries,offering a reflection on freedom of expression (or perhaps the lack of it).
On the evening of 31 December, at the turn of the new year, artist Shilpa Gupta switched on an animated light installation by the sea face on Carter Road, Mumbai. “We Change Each Other,” it says in English, with translations in Hindi and Urdu. The words light up one by one. “In terms of people receiving the work, there is no direct utility—it’s not toothpaste—but can there exist something only to trigger an emotion or a thought?” says Gupta. Read more in the editor’s column, out this Saturday. Happy New Year from the team at @livemintlounge. #shilpagupta #publicart #thingstoseeinmumbai #lightinstallation
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