Survey by Qualaroo

Shilpa Gupta

‘I would not like to be called a “political” artist, rather just an “everyday” artist as politics is part of our daily lives and of the structures we may or may not be aware of or actively feel part of. Using the term “political” distances it from everyday life.’

Shilpa Gupta was born in 1976 and lives and works in Mumbai in India, where she studied sculpture. Gupta’s work takes many forms, from installation to performance, sound and participatory pieces. Everyday items become poetic objects: microphones ‘sing’, visibility tape is composed into statements of longing. The religious and ethnic divisions of India are an enduring theme and she founded the art project Aar Paar in which Indian and Pakistani artists swapped artworks across the border.