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Artist, Curator, Writer

Sunil Gupta

  • CountryIndia
  • Born1953


Sunil Gupta is a photographer, artist, educator, curator, activist, and scholar. In his work he focusing on race, migration and queer issues, critiquing attitudes toward same-sex relationships in India and raises awareness not only of homophobia but also of issues around the life of HIV positive people.

Gupta is a founding member of Autograph ABP and set up the Organisation for Visual Arts (OVA), to promote a greater understanding of culturally diverse practices in the visual arts, as an Iniva franchise; in 2006, the OVA archive was donated to The Stuart Hall Library. He has contributed to Iniva’s Research Networks both in 2013 and 2017.

Sunil Gupta was born in New Delhi, India. He attended college in Montreal. In the mid-1970s he lived in New York, where he encountered the Gay Liberation Movement. He moved to England in the late 70s to study photography at the West Surrey College of Art & Design and at the Royal College of Art in London until 1983. He is Visiting Professor at UCA, Farnham, and Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He is Lead Curator for the Houston Fotofest (2018) and is enrolled in a doctoral programme at the University of Westminster.

His work has been part of many important group shows including “Paris, Bombay, Delhi…” at the Pompidou Centre, Paris (2011) and at the Tate, Liverpool (2014), The Place is Here at South London Gallery (2017). Gupta has also curated a number of exhibitions such as When Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, Whitechapel (2010).

Gupta’s solo exhibitions include: “Sun City and other stories” at the Alliance Francaise Gallery, New Delhi (2012) and “Sunil Gupta: In Pursuit of Love” is at Peltz, Birkbeck, University of London (2017). He has published books such as, “Queer” (2011) published by Prestel/Vadehra Art Gallery and “Delhi: Communities of Belonging” (2016) published by The New Press, New York.

Sunil Gupta’s work is many public collections including; George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tate Britain and Harvard University.

Gupta lives in London.

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