Gupta is an artist from Mumbai who works in a range of media that includes text works, sound pieces, video, participatory projects, web-based works and installation.
There Is No Border Here by Shilpa Gupta, 2006
© Courtesy: The Artist and Yvon Lambert, Paris
- Wall drawing with tape
- 30 x 30 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £10,262 ( Total: £10,262)
- Acquired in:
- Yvon Lambert Gallery
This work is like a pattern poem written in the shape of its subject matter, the flag shape of the wall drawing outlines the territorial sphere under discussion. However, the yearning, lyrical text contradicts any territorial certainty, underlining the abstract nature of border divisions. Moreover, the flag is free-floating and the text cuts off mid-sentence. The absurdity of trying to chop up the sky is reminiscent of another Art Fund International work by Amar Kanwar, A Season Outside, which considers the ownership of trees on either side of the India/Pakistan border. Forces of nature defy divisions constructed by humans, whether geographical, religious, social or gender. This work was presented by the Art Fund through Art Fund International.