Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta UCA Profile

Visiting Professor

Sunil Gupta is an artist, writer, activist and curator. His work has been shown in over 90 international solo exhibitions, most recently at Yale University, New Haven, CT (2015) . Group shows include Pairs Bombay, Delhi at the Pompidou Centre (2011) and Keywords at the Tate Liverpool (2013). Gupta’s curatorial efforts were paramount in the monumental exhibition, Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh at The Whitechapel Gallery, London and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.

In the 1980s, Gupta constructed documentary images of gay men in architectural spaces in Delhi, his Exiles series. The images and texts describe the conditions for gay men in India at the times. Gupta’s recent series Mr. Malhotra’s Party updates this theme during a time in which queer identities are more open and also reside in virtual space on the internet and in private parties. His early documentary series Christopher Street, New York was shot in the mid-1970s as Gupta studied under Lisette Model at the New School for Social Research and became interested in the idea of gay public space.
Gupta’s published work includes the monographs Queer: Sunil Gupta (Prestel/Vadehra Art Gallery, 2011), Wish You Were Here: Memories of a Gay Life (Yoda Press, New Delhi, 2008), and Pictures From Here (Chris Boot Ltd., New York, 2003).

Sunil is currently Visiting Professor at UCA, Farnham, UK. His work is many private and public collections including; George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Royal Ontario Museum, Tate Britain and Harvard University. Gupta is represented by sepiaEYE, New York, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, and Vadehra Art GAllery, New Delhi.