BRISTOL.- Shilpa Gupta creates artwork using a variety of media including video, objects, photography, sound and performances to examine such themes as desire, conflict, militarism, security, technology and human rights. Gupta's application of technology in her works reveals her interest in how various media affect our understanding of the political realm. Considering technology as being an extension of body, mind and perception, she possesses a sharp political consciousness about the role, psychology and aesthetics of these media forms.
The exhibition presents new work alongside a key selection of works by Gupta from recent years, including her major installation Singing Cloud, 2008-09, an amorphous cluster of 4000 black microphones suspended from the ceiling. Rather than registering sound, the microphones are reverse-wired and emit sounds that travel in ripples over the surface, created through abstracting the results of psychological tests on numerous individuals about the reception of images.
Shilpa Gupta is one of the most significant emerging artists working in India today, and this is her first major solo exhibition in the UK.
Someone Else by Shilpa Gupta sees the launch of a year long series of exhibitions, film programmes, performance and special events entitled A Parallel Universe - alternative realities and co-existing worlds.
Shilpa Gupta (b.1976) lives and works in Mumbai where she studied sculpture at the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1997. Her work has been shown in at institutions including Tate Modern, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Mori Museum, Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Devi Art Foundation amongst many others. Her work is the collections of Daimler Chrysler, Mori Art Museum, Fukuoka Museum, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Kramlich Collection, Caixa Foundation, Fonds National d'Art Contemporain - France, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Deutsche Bank, Hauser & Wirth, Jerusalem Museum, and the Devi Foundation.