In the exhibition will we ever be able to mark enough? by Shilpa Gupta, the Galerie im Taxispalais
, Innsbruck, presents a comprehensive display of works by one of Indias most significant contemporary artists. Shilpa Guptas works known internationally since the late 1990ies unite a wide variety of media, including video, photography, installations and objects. Influenced by the politics and by the cultural reality of her country, Guptas works address the modern-day globalized world, revealing how daily life is permeated by and influenced by historical events, religion, terror, social inequality, power, gender, the media and local and international developments. Her early works in particular are frequently participation pieces, in which she addresses herself directly to the viewers, calling upon them to precisely observe and to critically question certain forms of behavior within society.
In her new works, which were created especially for the exhibition will we ever be able to mark enough?, Shilpa Gupta addresses the climate of fear that is a part of everyday life in many parts of the world due to threats of various kinds. Territorial borders, the confiscation of everyday objects at airports, the unexplained disappearance of people in war are themes that she sensitively interprets and incorporates into her work. Based upon everyday objects and familiar experiences, Gupta investigates the spaces of personal and global consciousness spaces that drift somewhere between fear and yearning, thoughts of control and thoughts of freedom. In the process, the borders lose their fixed forms definitions are disrupted, meanings become concrete and are expanded. In responding to these questions, the sculptural objects, installations, video works and photography take a personal, intimate tone, getting us involved and prompting us to come up with our own individual associations and reflections. In spite of all this, the borders that Gupta makes visible do not solidify. Instead, her works always contain within them a quality of transgression.
Shilpa Gupta (b.1976) lives and works in Mumbai, India where she has studied sculpture at the Sir J. J. School of Fine Arts from 1992 to 1997.
Gupta creates artwork using interactive video, websites, objects, photographs, sound and public performances to probe and examine subversively such themes as desire, religion, notions of security on the street and on the imagined border.
She has had solo shows at Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem, Arnolfini in Bristol, Castle Blandy in France, OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz amongst other institutions. She has had gallery solos with Gallerie Yvon Lambert in Paris, Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai, Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, and at the public gallery, Lalit Kala Akademie hosted Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi.
Shilpa has been invited to the Younger Than Jesus Triennale at New Museum, New York; Lyon Biennale 09 curated by Hou Hanru; Gwangju Biennale 08 directed by Okwui Enwezor and curated by Ranjit Hoskote; Yokohama Triennale 08 curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist; Liverpool Biennale 06 curated by Gerardo Mosquera and biennales at Auckland, Seoul, Havana, Sydney and Shanghai.
Gupta's work has been shown in leading international institutions and museums such as the Tate Modern, Serpentine Gallery, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Mori Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Louisiana Museum and Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon amongst others.
Her work is the collections of Asia Society, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Daimler Chrysler, Mori 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, Devi Foundation besides other public and private collections