Arpita Singh and Shilpa Gupta | Reflected Verses
05 - 15 October, 2016
The exhibition sets up an inter-generational dialogue between two artists Arpita Singh and Shilpa Gupta on mapping spaces, memories and objects. Like the title of the exhibition 'Reflected Verses', which is taken from the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova’s homage to her fellow writer Boris Pasternak, artworks take on new dimensions when placed in relation to each other.
Mapping remains an important element in both their works as does the emphasis on drawing to meditate the experience of space and time. On view is a recent series by Shilpa Gupta which speaks on the impossibility of mapping and measuring what is essentially organic, be it people or geography. The minimal language of Gupta is in an interesting conversation with Arpita Singh’s dense drawings and watercolors where bodies seem in constant movement, where the ground itself is brimming with an excess of elements, turned into signs, a complex web of facts, lived experiences, fictions and dreams.
There are clues that speak of real locations like Syria and Israel in both their works – the long distances artists traverse between the personal and the political, the particular and the universal. Arpita Singh carefully notes down the words ‘Everything Connected’ in one of her small drawings. The exhibition invites you to seek these connections.
Arpita Singh (b.1937) graduated from the Delhi College of Art in 1959. She has participated in many significant solo and group shows, both in India and internationally, since her first solo exhibition in 1972 at Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi. She has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1982; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, in 1986; in Geneva in 1987; and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, in 1993 and the 1987 Havana Biennale. Vadehra Art Gallery has organized many of her solo exhibitions since 1994 which include Picture Postcard in 2006 and Cobweb in 2010. The Gallery also organized a retrospective of the artist titled Other Narratives / Other Structures at Lalit Kala Akademi in 2014.
Shilpa Gupta (b. 1976, India) and studied in the Sir J. J. School of Art (Sculpture) has had solo shows at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz and Arnolfini in Bristol and has participated in biennales in Berlin, Lyon, Gwangju, Havana,Yokohama, Liverpool amongst others. Her work has been shown in Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, Devi Art Foundation, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Mori Museum.