April 9, 2017 - KIOSK - Shilpa Gupta: Drawing in the Dark
April 9, 2017


Shilpa Gupta, Unnoticed, 2017. Photographs of border sky, fragmented spare motor parts. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana.

Shilpa Gupta
Drawing in the Dark


February 11–April 16, 2017
Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Bielefelder Kunstverein 
April 29–July 16, 2017
Welle 61, D-33602 Bielefeld, Germany

Le centre d’art contemporain – la synagogue de Delme 
Mid-October 2017–February 2018
33 Rue Raymond Poincaré, 57590 Delme, France

The exhibition Drawing in the Dark by Indian artist Shilpa Gupta brings together a series of clandestine stories and personal experiences from borderlands. The show is part of Gupta’s ongoing investigation into interrelations between structures, specifically those of the state and the individual, and their rescaling as encountered at what is both frontier and periphery. Building on Gupta’s six years of research—specifically in the borderlands of India and Bangladesh—this new series of works is an extension of the My East is Your West project she developed for the 2015 Venice Biennale. In late 2016 Gupta returned to parts around the border fence that India is building, encircling its neighbor Bangladesh, and that is notorious for being the world's longest separation barrier under construction between two nation states.

Gupta presents a series of new pieces that can be seen as a collection of clandestine stories. It is the metaphor of the line or threshold that links the works on display. A hand-drawn map represents the subjective outlines of a country. Two clacking riverbed rocks set the rhythm for a song. A traditional saree garment was torn in long shreds and wound up. Marijuana drawings and aerial photographs with spare motor parts portray that which plays out in the shadow of the visible. They are momentary recordings of an ongoing, informal stream of goods, people and desires. Drawing in the Dark carries narratives of unlisted journeys along meandering lines on a map. In this fringe area, seemingly rigorous regulations reveal themselves as being in constant flux and subject to debate.

The exhibition is a joint production by KIOSK, Bielefelder Kunstverein and Le centre d’art contemporain – la synagogue de Delme.

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