Fire at Aquarius – gay bathhouse, Crescent Street by Sunil Gupta
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Pigment print on archival paper
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned, in pencil, au verso
Printed in 2018
Edition of 5
Sunil Gupta is a photographer, artist, educator and curator currently enrolled in a doctoral programme at the University of Westminster. Educated at the Royal College of Art he has been involved with independent photography as a critical practice for many years focusing on race, migration and queer issues. 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). His latest show (with Charan Singh), “Dissent and Desire” (catalogue) is at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston till April 29th and his last book, “Delhi: Communities of Belonging” was published by The New Press, New York 2016. His work has been seen in many important group shows including “Paris, Bombay, Delhi…” at the Pompidou Centre, Paris 2011 and is currently at Tate, Britain. He is Visiting Professor at UCA, Farnham, and Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London. He was Lead Curator for, “Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh” at the Whitechapel Gallery, London and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2011). He is Lead Curator for the Houston Fotofest 2018. His work is many private and public collections including; George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Royal Ontario Museum, Tate, Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art.
FotoFest Announces Theme, Dates and Lead Curator for 2018 Biennial (PDF) - Fotofest, 2018
Documenting the Secret Lives of India's LGBTQ Youth (PDF) - Vice, November 2016
Sunil Gupta (PDF) - Better Photography, March 2016
Sunil Gupta (PDF) - DONARTNEWS, December 2015
FotoFest's I Am A Camera highlights unforgettable photographs of LGBTQ communities around the world (PDF) - Culture Map Houston, 2015
Sunil Gupta: Out and About: New-York and New-Delhi (PDF) - L'Oeil de la Photographie, December 2014
Sunil Gupta at sepiaEYE - NYC (PDF) - PhosMag, November 2014
Sunil Gupta: Out and About: New York and New Delhi (PDF) - Photograph, November 2014
Sunil Gupta. Out and About: New York and New Delhi at Sepia Eye Gallery (PDF) - Musée, November 2014
Like racism, homophobia works in invisible ways (PDF) - Tehelka, March 2012