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About the Photographer
India, b. 1953
Sunil Gupta has photographed queer and artistic communities in Montreal, New York, Delhi, and London—cities where he’s lived during critical points in the social history of the 1970s to the 2000s. A driving desire within Gupta’s practice is to ensure that his intersectional experience and linked communities are represented in the contemporary and historical cannon—even, and perhaps especially, during turbulent periods of social opposition. The artist’s Pretend Family Relationships (1988) domestic portrait series was photographed in London during a period of the executive and legislative governments’ heightened opposition to same-sex partnerships. Gupta’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto; the Photographers' Gallery, London; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Metro Pictures, New York; Haus der Kunst, Munich; among many others. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; among others. He lives and works in London.