Born in New Delhi, India, Sunil Gupta is a Canadian citizen with an MA from the Royal College of Art and a PhD from the University of Westminster. He has been involved with independent photography as a critical practice for many years focusing on race, migration and queer issues.
While studying under Lisette Model at the New School for Social Research in New York he became interested in the idea of gay public space and has extensively published and exhibited series’ of images ranging from Christopher Street in the 70s, documentary images of gay men in architectural spaces in Delhi, Exiles, in the 80s and more recently Mr. Malhotra’s Party at a time in which queer identities are more open and also reside in virtual space on the internet and in private parties.
As well as numerous solo shows, his work has been seen in many important group shows including Paris, Bombay, Delhi… at the Pompidou Centre, Paris 2011 and Masculinities at Barbican, London 2020. A major retrospective of Sunil’s work has just opened (9 October 2020) at The Photographers’ Gallery, London.
What does your identity mean to you?
It’s been a central preoccupation of my artistic output over many years.