Subodh Gupta

(b. 1964)

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(1964– )

Indian sculptor and installation artist, born in Khagaul, Bihar, and now based in New Delhi. Before becoming an artist, he worked for a theatre company and a certain sense of theatrical flair marks his art work, which makes use of materials traditionally associated with Indian identity, especially the cooking pot. For instance, Sister (2005, Pompidou Centre) has a pile of these pots underneath a table on which is projected a film of traditional Indian ceremonies. Very Hungry God (2006, Pinault collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice) is a skull made entirely from such pots. Another material with special cultural associations used by Gupta is cow dung. In the video Pure (2000), he is seen covered with manure and slowly hosed down, a reference to the use of the substance for spiritual cleaning in Indian villages.

Further Reading

R. Ramesh, ‘The Damien Hirst of Delhi’, The Guardian (20 February 2007)

Subjects: Art.

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