Sunil Gupta is a photographer, artist, educator and curator based in London and New Delhi. Born in New Delhi (1953) and educated at the Royal College of Art (London 1983,) he has been involved with cultural activism and independent photography as a critical practice for many years. His last solo show, "Sun City and other stories" was at the Alliance Francaise Gallery, New Delhi 2012 and his last book, "Queer" was published by Prestel/Vadehra Art Gallery in 2011. His work has been seen in many important group shows including "Paris, Bombay, Delhi..." at the Pompidou Centre, Paris 2011. He is Visiting Faculty at NID, Ahmedabad, and Visiting Lecturer on the MA Photo programme at Kingston University, London. His work is many public collections including; George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tate Britain and Harvard University.
Born: 1953, New Delhi, India. Lives and works in London, UK & New Delhi, India
CONTACT email: [email protected] web: www.sunilgupta.net EDUCATION MA (Honorary, The Surrey institute of Art & Design, University College, UK) 2005 MA (Royal College of Art, London) 1983 Dip in Photography (West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham) 1981 Lisette Model & Philippe Halsman (The New School, New York) 1978 B Comm (Concordia University, Montreal) 1977 St Columba’s High School, New Delhi 1969 EXHIBITIONS - SOLO 2012 Sun City & Other Stories Alliance Francaise Gallery, New Delhi 2010 The New Pre-Raphaelites Grosvenor Vadehra, London 2009 Sunil Gupta Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi 2009 Sunil Gupta Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto 2009 Sunil Gupta Sepia Gallery, New York 2009 Sunil Gupta Bombay Art Gallery 2007 Sunil Gupta Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai 2007 Sunil Gupta Belfast Exposed Photography, 2006 Imagining Childhood: Living with HIV in Delhi The Art Gallery, College of State Island, New York 2006 Looking for Langston (with Isaac Julien) Metro Pictures, New York 2005 Sunil Gupta Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 2004 A Time to Love India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 2004 Sunil Gupta Museum of Contemporary Photography, UC Riverside, California 2004 Tales of a City-Delhi 1620-1720 Lighthouse Gallery, Poole, Dorset, UK 2004 Homelands London Print Workshop 2004 Homelands City Art Gallery, Leicester 2004 Pictures From Here Habitat Centre, New Delhi 2004 Homelands Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto 2004 Homelands Sepia International, New York 2004 Homelands California Museum of Photography, Riverside CA 2003 Pictures From Here John Hansard Gallery, Southampton 2001 Homelands Admit One Gallery, New York 2001 Homelands St Paul’s School, London 2000 From Here to Eternity Gallery Sepulchar, Manila 1999 Sunil Gupta: “From Here to Eternity” Photoworks Admit One Gallery, New York 1997 Trespass 3 Bedford Hill Gallery, London 1997 Trespass 3 Portfolio, Edinburgh 1996 Trespass 3 YYZ, Toronto 1995 Trespass 3 Focal Point Gallery, Southend 1994 Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver 1991 Film in the Cities St Paul, Minnesota (USA) 1991 Theatre Workshop Edinburgh (Festival) 1988 Social Security The Showroom, London 1986 Leica Gallery Wetzlar 1986 South Hill Park, Bracknell 1984 Museum & Art Galleries Leicester 1984 Museum & Art Galleries Nottingham 1984 UN International Maritime Organisation London 1983 Commonwealth Institute London 1980 India International Centre New Delhi
EXHIBITIONS - GROUP (SELECTED) 2012 Indian Highway, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing 2012 Clifford Chance Annual Pride Exhibition- A Question of Sport: LGBT artists and their relationship to inclusivity, London 2012 The World in London, The Photographers’ Gallery, London 2012 2012: A Further Global Encounter, Grosvenor/Vadehra, London 2011 Indian Highway, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon & MAXXI, Rome 2011 The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India,Yerba Buena, San Francisco 2011 Paris-Delhi-Bombay... Centre Pompidou, Paris 2011 Something I've Been Meaning To Tell You, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 Women in Love, Ashna Gallery, New Delhi 2010 Indian Highway, Heart, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark & Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland 2010 Face-Up, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2009 Self and the Other, Espai 2 - Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona 2009 Sh(OUT) Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow 2008 En todas partes (Everywhere), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain 2008 Vadehra Art Gallery, ARCO, Madrid 2008 Modern India, Fine Art Museum, Valencia 2008 Street & Studio, Tate Modern, London 2008 Masculinities, Jawarharlal Nehru University, Delhi 2008 Make Art, Stop AIDS, Fowler Museum at University of California, Los Angeles 2007 HORN PLEASE. The Narrative in Contemporary Indian Art, Kunstmuseum Bern 2007 Quietscapes, Museo Carillo Gil, Mexico City 2007 Delhi, with Gauri Gill, India International Centre, Delhi 2007 Photo Espana, Madrid 2007 Public Places/Private Spaces: Contemporary Photography and Video Art in India, The Newark Museum, Newark 2006 The Eighth Square: Gender, Life and Desire in the Visual Arts since 1960, Ludwig Museum, Cologne 2004-05 Faces in the Crowd, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and Touring 2004 Invalid, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London 2004 (A World Without) Pity, video screened at Inside Out: Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Toronto 2004 A Place Called Home, National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town 2004 A Place Called Home, NSA Gallery, Durban 2004 Masala, The University of Connecticut Museum, USA 2002-03 Self Evident, Tate Britain 2002 Facing AIDS, New York & Barcelona 2001 Typical Men, University of Nottingham & touring 2000 Urban Futures, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 1999 Broken Windows, Fractured Mirrors, Photographic Resource Centre, Boston 1999 Bodies of Resistance, Real Art Ways, Hartford CT USA & touring 1999 Crown Jewels, Hamburg & Berlin 1999 Sunil Gupta & Ajamu, Standpoint Gallery, London 1999 000zerozerozero, Whitechapel art Gallery, London 1999 Making Visible the Invisible, Dominion Arts Centre, Southall, London 1999 Strukturveränderungen, Chateau de Vaudrémont, Forum des Arts, Franco-Allemand, France 20 37/98 Out of India, Queens Museum of Art, New York 20 37/98 Transforming the Crown, Caribbean Cultural Centre, New York 1994 Havana Biennale, Ludwig Forum, Aachen 1994 Havana Biennale, Cuba 1993 They Call it Love NGBK, Berlin 664 Trophies of Empire Arnolfini, Bristol & Ferens Art Gallery, Hull 1992 Fine Material for a Dream, Harris Museum, Preston & Touring (Hull, Oldham) 1992 How Do I Look? Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane & Touring 1992 Queer Landscape, Evergreen State College, Olympia (Washington State) 1992 Dis/Orient, UIC Gallery 400, Chicago 1991 Shocks to the System, The South Bank Centre, London 1990 Post Morality, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge 1990 Autoportraits, Camerawork, London 1990 Ecstatic Antibodies, Impressions Gallery of Photography, York (Tour) 1989 Fabled Territories, Leeds City Art Gallery (Tour) 1989 Partners in Crime, Camerawork, London 1989 Through the Looking Glass, Barbican Gallery, London 1988 Monologue/Dialogue, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago 1987 The Body Politic, The Photographers' Gallery, London (Tour) 1986 Same Difference, Camerawork, London 1986 Darshan, GLC/ Camerawork, London 1986 The Black Experience, Brixton Art Gallery 1985 Riverside Open, Riverside Studios, London 1985 Staying On, The Photographers' Gallery, London 1984 Five Dials Gallery, London 1984 Brilliance Books, People's Gallery, London 1983 Snap, Oval House, London 1983 New Contemporaries, ICA, London 1982 The Living Arts, Serpentine Gallery, London 1980 Salford '80, Salford
FILM & VIDEO 2009 Love, Undetectable #11,12,13, Artist’s videos 2004 Decibel, Documentary on the work of the Arts Council of England’s project on Diversity in the Visual Arts in the UK 2004 Stuart Hall on Photography, Interview with Stuart hall 2004 Sarindar Dhaliwal: Record Keeping, Documentary about artist’s work produced and authored as DVD 2003 (A World Without) Pity, Artist’s video 2002 Wong Hoy Cheong: Indigenous Skins, Documentary about artist’s work produced and authored as DVD 2001 Joy Gregory: Cinderella Stories, Documentary about artist’s work produced and authored as DVD 2000 Seven Days in May, Artist’s video 998/999 Cock Crazy or Scared Stiff co-directed with Laura MacGregor for Avid Productions Leicester 998/999 Commissioned to make a short, 8 min film by Abseil Productions for the series Out on Tuesday; a profile of the artist Alan de Souza; deSouza 998/999 Commissioned to make a short, 4 min., film by Abseil Productions, aired on Channel 4 in March 1989; Indian Postcard 1987 Original photographs used in This is not an Aids Advertisement by Isaac Julien / Sankofa Film & Video
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Tate, London George Eastman House, Rochester Harvard Museum Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography University of Connecticut University of Southampton Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence Fine Arts Museum, Houston Arts Council of Great Britain National Museum of Film, TV and Photography, Bradford Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia Cartwright Hall, Bradford
AWARDS 2005 Master of Arts Honorary Degree, Surrey University, UK 2003 Artist in Residence Light Work, Syracuse, NY 2000-02 AHRB Fellowship in Creative & Performing Arts, University of Southampton, Department of English 2001 Arts Council of England Photographer in Residence for the Diversity Project 2000 Canada Council book award for publishing “The New Republics: Contemporary Art from Australia, Canada and South Africa” 1999 British Council (Awards to cover travel and installation of my work in Boston, France and Germany) 1995 The Essex Fellowship in Photography (An artist in residence programme sponsored by Essex County Council, Eastern Arts Board and Focal Point Gallery, Southend. I will be setting up an electronic imaging centre and making new work at Focal Point, to be exhibited there in November/December 1995) 1994 British Council (Award to cover travel and installation of my work at the Havana Biennial, Cuba) 1993 London Arts Board Individual Artist’s Grant 1992 Arts Council (Touring Exhibition and Events Travel Grant to enable a curating internship at the New Museum of Modern Art, New York) 1992 Yorkshire & Humberside Arts (Artists’ Award to make new works in the current year) 1992 British Council (Travel Award to cover international travel to Australia to represent British work in the exhibition Who Do You Take Me For? at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane & subsequently on an Australian tour. I gave a keynote address at their SHIFT theory conference and 14 other lectures around the country) 1990-91 Arts Council (Research Grant to research the potential for a visual art and book project, Disrupted Borders) 1990 British Council (Travel Award to cover international travel to India to give a series of lectures on British photography and research An Economy of Signs) 1989-90 Arts Council (Project Development Grant to realise the exhibition and book project Ecstatic Antibodies.) 1988-89 Arts Council (Project Research Grant to research the exhibition and book project Ecstatic Antibodies.) 1988 British Council (Travel Award to mount my exhibition, Pretended Family Relationships at the Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago) 1983 RCA-3M (Royal College of Art graduating students’ Portfolio Award) 1980 Thames Television Travel Design Bursary (2nd year students award to realise an international project) 1972 University Entrance Scholarship (towards tuition fees whilst attending Concordia University, Montréal)
EXHIBITION COMMISSIONS 2010 Sun City, Pompidou Centre, Paris 2003 Photographer in Residence-DECIBEL, the Diversity Project, the Arts Council of England 1999 From Here to Eternity, Autograph-ABP, London 1995 Trespass 3, Essex Photography Fellowship, Focal Point Gallery, AUTOGRAPH: the Association of Black Photographers 1992 Trespass 1, TROPHIES OF EMPIRE; Arnolfini, Bluecoat, Ferens Art Gallery 1990 Autoportraits, Autograph 1989 No Solutions. Ecstatic Antibodies 1988 Social Security, Canada House 1987 "Exiles"/THE BODY POLITIC The Photographers' Gallery 1986 Reflections of the Black Experience, GLC 1985 Notting Hill Carnival, Arts Council
BIBLIOGRAPHY The New Pre-Raphaelites, portfolio: Photography & Culture, Vol 4, #1, Berg, March 2011 Sunil Gupta at Admit One Gallery (New York, Jan 2000) Reviewed in the New York Times, Flash Art, Art in America, India Today Sunil Gupta, Ajamu Review, Time Out, October 6-13, 1999 London. Exiles, Sunil Gupta 1999 (Catalogue). Strukturveränderungen, Chateau de Vaudrémont, Forum des Arts, Franco-Allemande, France 1999 (catalogue). Out of India Catalogue, Queens Museum of Art, New York 1998 Transforming the Crown Catalogue, Caribbean Cultural Centre, New York 1998 Carver, Antonia “Getting Them Between the Eyes: An interview with Sunil Gupta”, Art Asia Pacific, Issue 16, Sydney. Memory, History and Language: The Work of Dominique Blain, catalogue essay, Arnolfini, Bristol 1997. Culture Wars: Race and Queer Art, essay in Outlooks: Lesbian and Gay Sexualities and Visual Culture, eds. Peter Horne and Reina Lewis, Routledge, London 1996. Curating the “New International” Visual Arts, essay in Naming a Practice: Curatorial Strategies for the Future, ed. Peter White, Walter Philips Gallery, The Banff Centre, Canada 1996. Cocks and Other Contradictions: The Work of Robert Mapplethorpe, essay in Portfolio magazine, Number 24, December 1996 Sunil Gupta, Creative Camera, Issue 339, April/May 1996 (Review) TRESPASS 2, Exposure, Vol. 29, No. 2/3, Dallas 1994 TRESPAcS 1, Catalogue, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver 1995 Cultural Revolution, Artists Newsletter, February 1995 India Postcard, Queer Looks, John Greyson, Martha Gever, Pratibha Parmar, eds. Routledge, New York & London 1993 Introduction, Disrupted Borders, ed. Sunil Gupta, Rivers Oram Press 1993 Black Boys, Shooting Back, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, PICA Press, Perth (Australia) 1992 Cowboys & Indians: Dancing with Hollywood. BAZAAR Magazine No 17 1991 Photography, Sexuality & Cultural Difference: The Emergence of Black Lesbian and Gay Identities in the UK, SF Camerawork, San Francisco 1990 No Solution, Ecstatic Antibodies, Tessa Boffin & Sunil Gupta, Eds.; Rivers Oram Press, 1990 Homosexualities-Part I, Ten.8, Issue 31, 1988 Black, Brown & White, Coming On Strong, eds. Shepherd & Wallis, Allen & Unwin, 1989 Coincidental Commissions, Work Stations, Anna Fox, Camerawork 1988 From India with Love, Lesbian & Gay Socialist, Winter 1987 Northern Media/Southern Lives, Photography / Politics 2, eds. Watney, Spence & Holland, Methuen 1987 The Rhetoric of Aids, with Simon Watney, Screen, Jan./Feb. 1986 Camerawork, The British Journal of Photography, 1986 Desire & Black Men, Ten.8, 1986 (Reprinted in Critical Decade, Ten.8 publication 1992) Lovers: Ten Years On, Creative Camera, 1986 Closeted by Caste and Class, Inside Asia, 1985 The Hidden India, Gay Times, 1984 Ten Years On, Square Peg, 1984 Best Foot Forward, South: The Third World Magazine, 1983 They Dare Not Speak Its Name in Delhi, "Third World Review", The Guardian, November 26 1982 Books Queer, Prestel (London & Munich) and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 Wish You Were Here, Yoda Press, New Delhi 2008 Pictures From Here, (Ed. Chris Boot) Autograph/Chris Boot, London 2003 Exiles, self published catalogue, London 2000 From Here to eternity, self published catalogue, London 2000 Sunil Gupta/Trespass, Autograph, London 1998 Disrupted Borders, (Ed) Rivers Oram Press, London & Boston 1993 An Economy of Signs, (Ed) Rivers Oram Press, London & Boston 1990 Ecstatic Antibodies: Resisting the Aids Mythology, (Ed with Tessa Boffin), Rivers Oram Press, London 1990 CONFERENCE PANELS 2002 Toronto Museums After Modernism 2002 Nottingham Arts and the Crisis in Multicultarism 1998 Cardiff The Prying Eye, Nat’l Museum of Wales 1996 London Frontlines/Backyards 1994 Banff, Canada Canadian Curators Conference 1994 Salford LITTORAL 1994 Tate, St Ives Southern Band Touring Exhibitions 1994 London Critical Practices 1994 UC Riverside, CA Photography & the Photographic 1993 London Visual Arts Galleries Association 1993 Bristol National Photography Conference 1993 Rochester ORACLE XI (Photo Curators) 1993 Wolverhampton National Association of Gallery Educators 1993 Vancouver Western Canada Arts Association 1993 London Art history, Tate Gallery 1992 Rotterdam Photography Biennale, Curators meeting 1992 Nottingham Critical Theory, University of Nottingham 1992 Brisbane SHIFT, Institute of Modern Art 1992 Chicago College Arts Association 1992 Washington Society for Photographic Education 1991 Toronto Desh Pardesh (South Asian Cultural Festival) 1991 Birmingham Altered Images (HIV & Representation) 1991 London Censorship / Contemporary Arts Fair 1991 London Visible Difference. ICA 1991 San Francisco Outwrite 1990 New York College Arts Association 1990 Newcastle Photography in Europe 1992 1989 Newcastle National Photography Conference 1989 London, Changing Identities 1988 Houston Society for Photographic Education
CONFERENCE ORGANISATION Divine Façades: Views of Indian Architecture College of Ripon & St John, York Transferring the Meaning; Part II, International Curating, Arnolfini, Bristol, 1996. I organised this important two day event with curators from the UK and overseas on behalf of OVA and Southern Band. ORACLE XII an international photography curators conference, November 1994. I hosted this important meeting of international curators held outside North America for the first time in its history LECTURES (1988-) Keynote speaker at Queer Studies conference, Madrid organised by Syracuse University 2011 Panel discussant at Paris Photo, Paris 2011 Speaker at Delhi Photo Festival, New Delhi 2011 Curated talks series for India: A Celebration of Fifty Years for the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London 1997 City Lit, Turner Prize lecture, Tate Gallery 1993 & 1994, London College of Printing, Photofusion, London Stereotypes and Expectations panel discussion. St Martin’s College of Art, The Slade School of Art, The Architectural Association, Sir John Cass School of Art (all London), Impressions Gallery (York), Watershed (Bristol), Ikon (Birmingham), Collins Gallery (Glasgow), Stills (Edinburgh), City Art Gallery (Leeds), California Institute for the Arts (Valencia). The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of California (Irvine, San Diego, Los Angeles), University of Illinois (Chicago), SF Camerawork (San Francisco), State University of San José, The Euclid Theatre (Toronto), Vancouver Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Emily Carr College of Art (Vancouver), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), Middlesex Polytechnic. Museum of Modern Art (Oxford). Australia:— Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth at contemporary art spaces and colleges of higher education.
TEACHING Visiting 2009— National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India Visiting Professor of Photography on the MFA (Photography) course. Teach an annual two week module on this seminal course, the first of its kind in India. Half Time 1991—1992 Humberside Polytechnic, Hull; Lecturer (0.5) in Photography Teaching both practice theory to mainly students on a documentary communications course but also to fine art, graphic design and MA students. My job has involved giving lectures as well as running studio sessions and writing briefs. I have also organised visiting lecturer programmes, and a trip to London for a group of students. I have placed one of my students as a trainee at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
EXHIBITIONS ORGANISATION (for OVA™ between 1992-2005) Where Three Dreams Cross, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and Fotomuseum, Winterthur 2010 Click: Contemporary Photography in India, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008 Sarindar Dhaliwal, Southampton & Touring Roshini Kempadoo, Leicester & Touring Wong Hoy Cheong, Liverpool & Touring 2002/3 Joy Gregory: Cinderella Stories 2001 Stevie Bezencenet: Wilderness Dreams 2000 Jane Alexander Gasworks, London 2000 Simryn Gill Bluecoat, Liverpool, 1999 & touring. The New Republics: Contemporary Art from Australia, Canada & South Africa Canada House Gallery, London, 1999 & touring. Fernando Arias Chapter, Cardiff, 1998 & touring. Divine Façades: Views of Indian Architecture Impressions, York, 1997 & touring. Transitions—The Bath Festival 1995 Curating visual arts component based on contemporary work from South Africa. Sometime/s — Johannesburg Biennale 1995 Selected to curate independent show for 1st such event Stan Douglas OVA/INIVA/ICA, London 1994 Hiram To OVA/INIVA/Camden Arts Centre, London 1994 & Touring Disrupted Borders OVA/INIVA/The Photographers’ Gallery & Arnolfini 1993 & Touring Powers of Perception, London Borough of Lewisham, 1991 Autoportraits with Monika Baker for Autograph Exhibitions, 1989/90 Fabled Territories for City Art Gallery, Leeds & Viewpoint, Salford, 1989 An Economy of Signs for The Photographers' Gallery, London, 1988/90 Partners in Crime, Camerawork, London 1989 Ecstatic Antibodies with Tessa Boffin, 1988/90 Same Difference, with Jean Fraser at Camerawork, 1986
BOARD MEMBERSHIPS 1998-2004 Canada House Arts Trust, London 1997-99 Eastern Arts Board, Cambridge 1992-2005 The Organisation for Visual Arts Ltd.
ADVISORY GROUPS 2011— Photography & Culture, eds. Kathy Kubicki, Thy Phu, Val Williams; Berg 1999—2000 CARGO adviser to this Montreal based independent curatorial group 1999—2000 London Mardi Gras 2000 Arts Committee 1996—1999 Arts Council of England Visual Arts Department Advisory Committees 1996—1999 London Arts Board Visual Arts & Crafts Department Advisory Committee 1993—1994 Year of Photography & the Electronic Image/Arts 2000 Judging Panel 1988—1991 BAZAAR the South Asian Arts Magazine: Magazine Editorial Group 1988—1991 AUTOGRAPH the Association of Black Photographers: Management Committee 1988—1990 Greater London Arts, Black Arts Strategy Policy Group 1986 Commonwealth Institute, Standard Chartered Commonwealth Photography Award, European Judging Panel 1986 The Photographers' Gallery, Portfolio Selection 1988—1995 Arts Council of Great Britain, Photography Advisory Group 1984—1986 CAMERAWORK, London, Gallery Advisory Committee 1984 GLC, Anti-Racist Year Design Committee
Project Management 1995—2005 OVA, a curatorial agency managed by myself and three Trustees mounting shows by contemporary artists from overseas and the diaspora with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. 1992—1995 Curator, inIVA (the Institute of International Visual Arts) A three year, £180,000, curating franchise from the Arts Council of England. I set up a company, OVA™, to manage this franchise. The company operated as an independent organisation curating exhibitions and events nationally and internationally. 1995—1999 Independent Assessor to the Arts Council of England’s Lottery Department. I researched and wrote assessment reports for capital grant applications made to this department. 1988-89 Worked as co-administrator of Autograph setting up a limited company, accounts, a management structure, a database and made financial projections over a three-year period which led to the successful funding of the project. My job included managing the association; its office, its membership and its directors, as well as hiring staff. 1986-88 Worked in the voluntary sector to set up Autograph: the Association of Black Photographers in London