Shilpa Gupta was born in India in 1976. Gupta creates artwork using interactive websites, video, gallery environments, and public performances to probe and examine subversively such themes as consumer culture, desire, notions of security, militarism, and human right abuse. She presently lives and works in Mumbai.
As part of its 2009 – 2011 exhibition, the Vancouver Biennale, in collaboration with the Richmond Art Gallery, presented an exhibition entitled In Transition: New Art from India, which featured work by six of India’s most recognized contemporary artists: Shilpa Gupta, Reena Saini Kallat, TV Santhosh, Sudarshan Shetty, the artist collective Thukral & Tagra, and Hema Upadhyay. In this exhibition these artists responded to changes that have catapulted India into a period of remarkable growth and transformation. With an eye on their country’s past and a view to the future, these artists examined the social, political, economic, and religious implications of becoming a major world economy.