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In Pursuit of Love

Image: Sunil Gupta, Untitled #5, The New Pre-Raphaelites, 2008.  

In Pursuit of Love, a new exhibition of works by Sunil Gupta opens at the Peltz Gallery on 20 September and will run until 31 October 2017.

The Peltz Gallery at Birkbeck’s School of Arts showcases the creative intersection between visual art and the interdisciplinary and experimental research produced by academic staff and postgraduates within the School of Arts and elsewhere at Birkbeck.

The exhibition will feature works from a selection of Gupta’s photographic series made over the past 30 years. In Gupta’s own words, these works were produced in response to being " an out Indian gay man and being desired in the world,” while living in the West and being HIV positive.

A previous collection, Homelands (2004) represented for him “…a shift from exclusively postcolonial terms of reference to geography and location. A stepping back. “

The other series in the show, The New Pre-Raphaelites (2008) was made in recognition of “…a new generation of no longer gay but queer people [in Delhi] who wanted change and were not prepared to wait.” It is Gupta’s love letter to “…this moment of sexual liberation and restlessness that was no longer ‘the love that dared not speak its name’ but the love that was suddenly having Pride marches and demanding equal rights.”

Come and join the launch of the exhibition, which will be held on 20 September 2017 followed by a drinks reception. Reserve your free place here

Published: 14 September 2017