Shilpa Gupta, Shadows without Light

Shilpa Gupta
Shadows without Light, 2016
Stainless steel
Variable dimensions
Courtesy Shilpa Gupta and GALLERIA CONTINUA (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana, Rome, Sao Paulo, Paris, Dubai)

Forms known and unknown extend into and fuse within the contours of sculptures, as though submerged or suspended upon them. While we recognize some forms, such as a stack of houses, a floating cloud, a map drawn in the air, others stay veiled. The forms allude to emotions we are aware of, be it desires, aspirations or fears; and to many emotions that we do not recognize.

With these five sculptures, a new interactive proposition between the works and their spectators is introduced. The spectators are invited to photograph themselves behind the colored shapes. The profusion of personal images, particularly in places of tourism, has reached such a point that sliding into this kind of movement can be a strong gesture. An inducement to slip behind the conscious and unconscious emotions evoked by the sculptures' shapes. 

Biography of the artist

Born in 1976 in Mumbai, India, where she lives and works.
Shilpa Gupta’s work engages with the defining power of social and psychological borders on public life. It makes visible the aporias and incommensurabilities in the emerging national public sphere in India, which include gender and class barriers, religious differences, the power of repressive state apparatuses, and the seductions of social homogeneity and deceptive ideas of public consensus enabled by emerging mediascapes.