Homelands: pictures from here
londonprintstudio are pleased to present Homelands: Pictures From Here – a collection of digital print and video works by internationally acclaimed, London based artist, Sunil Gupta.
The exhibition narrates the artist’s journey as a gay man with HIV from his homeland in India to his adopted homes in Canada and England. The journey is visualised through photographic diptychs, which feature colourful imagery of the East on the left and Western cityscapes on the right.
Images of different places he has know as ‘home’ throughout his life act as a personal geography, narrating both Gupta’s own journey as well as depicting a landscape of the path through which the HIV virus travels and spreads, “HIV has a look,” he explains. “My presence in the landscape is ambivalent, since I am a carrier.”
During a return trip to India, Gupta documented the stories of HIV positive people and the professionals managing their treatment. It is these accounts and the artist’s own search for a mirroring of his British HIV experience in India that are the focus of Gupta’s recent video work, (A World Without) Pity, 2002. Showing at londonprintstudio as part of the exhibition, the video explores attitudes to same sex relationships in India and the stories of HIV positive people.
Gupta, who trained at the RCA and has worked as a video maker, photographer, curator, writer, administrator and academic, has shown in group and solo exhibitions throughout North America, India and the UK. This exhibition has been previously shown at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton. And his exhibition From Here to Eternity (2000) was shown at Gallery Sepulchar, Manila and Admit One Gallery, New York. One of his earlier works, Exiles, was recently included in a Tate Britain exhibition Self Evident (October 2002–5 January 2003).
The exhibition prints were especially made during a residency at Light Work, Syracuse University. An Autograph book Pictures from Here, written by Sunil Gupta and published by Chris Boot accompanies the exhibition and provides an overview of the majority of Gupta’s past work, including sections on Homelands, From Here to Eternity and Trespass.