Sunil Gupta approaches a still delicate subject in India: homosexuality. Only in 2009 did the Court of Justice decriminalize a colonial act that stated that homosexuality and the “non natural sex” were criminal acts punishable with 10 years of imprisonment.
For his exhibition, he has chosen to produce a photo-novel, Sun City, that takes place in part at Sun City, a gay sauna in Paris. “His Indian hero lives, by day, with a lover older than him; and by night he explores sexuality at Sun City”. He stages situations unimaginable in India where reserved places for homosexuals do not exist, or where kissing or holding hands is unimaginable.
Sunil Gupta was born in 1953 in New Delhi, where he lives and works.
Paris-Delhi-Bombay…L’Inde vue par des artistes indiens et français
Through September 19
Place Georges Pompidou
01 44 78 12 33
tous les jours de 11h à 21h, sauf le mardi
ExhibitionSunil Gupta : Out and About : New-York and New-Delhi
Sunil Gupta’s Out and About: New York and New Delhi examines the gay and lesbian communities of two major cities. It runs through December 20th and is being presented by SepiaEye.
BooksSunil Gupta & Charan Singh, Delhi: Communities of Belonging
The 17 individuals featured in Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh’s book, Delhi: Communities of Belonging are young and old, single and married, affluent and working class, and representative of diverse gender and sexual identities.