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Shilpa Gupta: BlindStars StarsBlind / BodhiBerlin / Interview with Shilpa Gupta and Shaheen Merali

June 20, 2008

Currently, the galleries BodhiBerlin and Volker Diehl present the first monograph exhibition entitled “BlindStars StarsBlind” in Germany of the Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta. Shilpa Gupta (born 1976) works in a variety of media, from photography to interactive installations. Shilpa Gupta’s work has been widely shown in the context of major group exhibitions including the Biennales of Sydney, Shanghai, Havana, Liverpool and Lyon. In this video we attend the opening of Shilpa Gupta’s exhibition at Bodhi Berlin. We meet with the curator of BlindStars StarsBlind and artistic director of BodhiBerlin, Shaheen Merali, who provides us with an introduction to the work of Shilpa Gupta and the exhibits at BodhiBerlin. We also speak with Shilpa Gupta about the exhibition and her work in general. In another video that will be online soon, we attend the opening of Shilpa Gupta’s exhibition at Volker Diehl.
Shilpa Gupta: BlindStars StarsBlind, BodhiBerlin. Opening reception, June 13, 2008.

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Works shown in the video: “Don’t See Don’t Hear Don’t Speak” (2007-2008, robot and sound), “100 Queues” (2007-2008, photograph on archival paper), “Turner RD” (2008, 8 photographs with sound), “There Is No Explosive In This – I” (2007, photograph on archival paper), “BlindStars StarsBlind” (2008, luminated text installation), “Untitled” (2005-2006, interactive touch screens), “I Have Many Dreems” (2008, 4 photographs on canvas with sound), “Half Widows” (2006, documentation of installation), “Tryst With Destiny” (2007-2008, speech on the granting of Indian independence, August 14th, 1947, Jawaharlal nehru, singing microphone).

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