Working alongside AAA Senior Researcher Sabih Ahmed, the artist looks at AAA material from the 60s, 70s, and 80s to follow the innumerable tangents and overlapping vectors across and beyond the Archive’s collection. Gupta delves into chance encounters and fraught friendships, some imagined and others not, revealing the varied aspirations of artists and their relationships to peers, cities, and the world.
Gupta’s practice examines the dynamics of contexts, perception, and cartographies of knowledge, and has often incorporated methods of archiving into her work. While a number of stories gathered in this project had archival trails to follow, others surfaced as annotations from conversations and interviews conducted during its research. As the artist herself stated, ‘an archive can only be a proposal’, this project positions itself as an incomplete proposition of fragments placed in the interstices of the archival document and living memory.
An earlier iteration of this project was shown at the 2015 India Art Fair.
Public Guided Tour
Date: 16 Apr
Time: 2:00pm (Cantonese); 2:30pm (English)
Location: AAA Library
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Shilpa Gupta lives and works in Mumbai. Her works have been shown at Tate Modern, London; Serpentine Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Mori Museum, Tokyo; New Museum, New York; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UEA; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Liverpool Biennial ’06, as well as other museums and venues throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
The artist and AAA extend their sincere thanks to the following individuals who generously contributed to this project: Navjot Altaf, Pablo Bartholomew, Jyoti Bhatt, Jyotsna Bhatt, Iftikhar Dadi, Anju Dodiya, Atul Dodiya, Behroze Gandhy, Shireen Gandhy, Geeta Kapur, Krishen Khanna, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Nalini Malani, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Sudhir Patwardhan and Shanta Patwardhan, Johan Pijnappel, Dilip Ranade, Rajiv Saini, Afrah Shafiq, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Nilima Sheikh, Arpita Singh, Vivan Sundaram, Kalidas Swaminathan, Jesal Thakkar, and the Estate of Richard Bartholomew.
The artist would also like to thank Holly Leung, Hammad Nasar, Vivian Poon, Sneha Ragavan, and SKY YUTAKA.