Events

Book launch
Delhi: Communities of Belonging

Thursday 8 December, 6:30 - 8pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

Free event


Join us for a glass of wine to celebrate the launch of Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh’s new photo book Delhi: Communities of Belonging (The New Press, November 2016)

Listen to the authors introduce their latest work depicting India's emerging LGBTQ community with a Q&A session and free wine reception for the audience.

"... A visible queer community has emerged in Delhi over the past two decades. What was silent and private has emerged into the public sphere. Gupta's and Singh's work bears testimony to this."
- Indian historian and gay studies scholar, Saleem Kidwai 

 

Delhi: Communities of Belonging by noted photographers Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh offers a powerful series of more than 150 photographs and companion first-person texts, which together present an unprecedented portrait of LGBTQ people's lives in India today. Focusing on the city of Delhi, Gupta and Singh chronicle the halting emergence of networks of men and women living under the shadow of stigma and criminalized behavior -- in a country where anti-sodomy laws dating back to the British Empire were recently struck down, only to be reaffirmed in a surging wave of homophobia. 

The photographs reflect the photographers' celebrated capacity for entering into lives rarely seen. Through twenty unique stories, Delhi invites the viewer into the daily routines, work, homes, and intimate lives of their subjects from different backgrounds -- from urban professionals to day laborers. 

A visually arresting document in its own right, Delhi presents readers with a starting point for understanding the profound struggles for recognition by India's LGBTQ community. 

 

About the photographers

Sunil Gupta (b. Delhi, 1953) is an artist, writer, activist and curator. His work has been shown internationally in over 90 solo exhibitions, most recently at Yale University, New Haven, CT (2015). Significant group exhibitions include Paris - Delhi - Bombay... at the Pompidou Centre (2011) and Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain at the Tate Liverpool (2013). Gupta's curatorial efforts were paramount in the monumental exhibition, Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh at The Whitechapel Gallery, London and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2010).

Gupta's published work includes the monographs Queer: Sunil Gupta (Prestel/Vadehra Art Gallery, 2011); Wish You Were Here: Memories of a Gay Life (Yoda Press, New Delhi, 2008); and Pictures From Here (Chris Boot Ltd., New York, 2003). He is currently Visiting Professor at UCA, Farnham, and visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including; George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Royal Ontario Museum, Tate Britain, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Harvard University. Gupta is represented by sepia EYE, New York, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto and Vadehra Art Gallery, Delhi. Visit the artist's website here: www.sunilgupta.net.

Charan Singh (b. Delhi, 1978) lives and works from New Delhi and London. He is currently a PhD candidate in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London. Singh's photographic practice is informed by HIV/AIDS work and community activism in India, along with a formal study of the history of art and photography.

He is interested in the representation of desires, identities, gender, sexualities, love and relationships. Simultaneously, he questions notions of the genre of self-portraiture, however the principal common thread of his works are memory, story telling, and masculinity. He won a Magnum Graduate Photographers Award 2016. His work has been exhibited at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi (2014), The Photographers Gallery, London (2015), FotoFest, Houston (2015), GFEST, London (2015) and SepiaEye, New York (2016). He is represented by Sepia Eye Gallery, New York. Visit the artist's website here: www.charansingh.net.

About the publisher

The New Press publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world. These books are made possible by the enthusiasm of our readers; the support of a committed group of donors, large and small; the collaboration of our many partners in the independent media and the not-for-profit sector; booksellers, who often hand-sell New Press books; librarians; and above all by our authors. Read more here.

Additional Info

Venue
Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

The entrance is on the side of the building

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
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