Will we ever be able to mark enough?
|When||5 Oct 2011 - 27 Nov 2011|
745 Ottawa street
Montreal H3C 1R8
October 5 – November 27 2011
Opening Reception: October 5, 8:30pm
Curatorial Walkthrough: November 26, 4pm
The Darling Foundry is proud to present Will we ever be able to mark enough? Indian artist Shilpa Gupta’s first solo exhibition in Canada.
The work of Shilpa Gupta stems from an alertness to global politics and economics as they shape everyday aspects and experiences of life. The transcultural relevance of her work reflects the reach of her exploration of issues that are points of anxiety or contest in our globalized world. At the same time, her work has an almost conversational character, personal and even intimate. Gupta’s works take form according to the conceptual foundation and concerns of each piece. This exhibition, primarily of new work commissioned for the exhibit, includes a video projection, mixed media installations, book works, large-scale photography, and more. Her works often have a strong base in process or interactivity and many address charged situations in the lives of marginalized persons and groups.
In recent years, Gupta’s work has probed the polarities of anxiety and security as they manifest in a kind of formalized cultural mundanity of threat and defense. Amongst these is a new installation in which she reworks objects of everyday life—scissors, tweezers, plastic knives, cigarette lighters—confiscated from travelers as devices of potential danger by security services at Trudeau International Airport.
A related concern in her work has been the intersecting issues of nations, borders, militarism and identity. These issues take on a distinct emphasis in a book of maps hand-drawn by Montreal residents, who were randomly approached in different parts of the city and asked, in French or English according to the language spoken by the participant, to “please draw a map of your country.” The ensuing maps delineate imprecise landmass and borders, even as they display diverse, discordant national identifications.
Shilpa Gupta lives in Mumbai (India) and this is her first solo exhibition in Canada. Renee Baert is an independent curator based in Montreal.
The exhibition is a co-production of Darling Foundry and Cargo Curatorial Group.
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